Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford were called to a kitchen fire at a property on Croft Avenue in Porthill at 9.40pm last night.
"We carried out a free Home Fire Risk Check for the lady just a few weeks ago where we fitted smoke alarms."
Station Manager, Carl Mason
On arrival, they found that a neighbour had removed a toaster, which had been alight, from the house and put out the fire.
The female occupant of the affected house had also been lead safely outside by neighbours.
Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "The woman is registered blind and was home alone at the time and decided to cook, as she normally would. Unfortunately a tea towel was close to the gas hob and when she started to cook, it ignited and the fire spread to a toaster.
"We carried out a free Home Fire Risk Check for the lady just a few weeks ago where we fitted smoke alarms. Our alarms operated, alerting her to the fire and she then felt the heat from the fire nearby and called the neighbours for help.
"The neighbours have alerted us to the fire and tackled the blaze themselves. Although we are grateful that they got the woman to safety we don’t encourage people to tackle fires themselves, call us and let us deal with it.
"The woman is thankfully unharmed and we have now referred her to partner agencies to see what further support can be provided to her."
Crews left the scene at 10.29pm and will return to the area over the coming days to hand out After the Fire promotional literature offering free Home Fire Risk Checks to neighbouring properties.