A beloved pet narrowly escaped a house fire with his life after a suspected electrical fault caused a fire which would go on to gut the entire home.

Nerys Pearce, from North Ascot, had asked her neighbour to have her dog Fergus on the morning of Monday, February 26.

A short time after Fergus was returned to the empty home a fire is believed to have started, with no way for Fergus to escape.

The clever dog sought refuge away from the fire in the spare room bed, where he remained until fire service crews arrived and carried him to safety.

All the while distraught neighbours wanted to enter the home to find him, but found the fire "too advanced" to approach the property.

Writing to GoFundMe, Gaynor Pearce, Nerys sister, said: "The fire brigade found our beautiful boy and carried him from the house.

"He was unresponsive so they carried out CPR and gave him oxygen.

"The Fire Service saved his precious life. He was rushed to the vets as a very unwell boy where the vets were thankfully able to stabilise him.

"We are so grateful to all involved in making sure that Fergus is with us today especially my sisters neighbours, the Fire Brigade (Blue Watch) and Windlesham Village Vets."

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the fire on Ranelagh Crescent at 1:16pm, where they worked to fight the fire for two hours and 40 minutes.

A spokesperson from the fire service said: "Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus entered the property and rescued one person and a dog before extinguishing the fire with two hose reels.

"Crews provided immediate emergency care to the person and dog before placing them in the care of South Central Ambulance Service and a vet respectively."

Fergus is a dear family pet to the two girls, having previously been their mums assistance dog before retiring as Nerys' loyal companion.

"He is an extremely special boy who is adored by everyone who meets him," said Gaynor.

"My sister was left paraylsed following a motor bike accident in 2008. Fergus is her everything and he means the world to all his family and many friends whose lives he has touched beyond measure."

Fergus also works with Pets as Therapy dogs, working with children and vulnerable adults.

The devastating fire has left Nerys without a home and with ongoing vet bills to bring Fergus back to health.

As a result the sisters have launched a GoFundMe, which has already raised £8,069 of a £4,000 target.

Gaynor added: "Unfortunately, house insurance doesn’t cover any vet bills so I wanted to reach out to you all to ask for your help with funding his ongoing treatment and best possible care.

"Please accept my heart felt thanks for anything you can give to allow Fergus to get back to his joyful, playful and often cheeky self.

"It would mean the world to us to get a boy, who has given so much to others, back doing what he loves."

Responding to having reached the fundraisers target, the sisters said the love and kindness shown has been "overwhelming".

"It’s hard to express how much it means to us at this moment and I just hope that you all realise how truly grateful we are."

The GoFundMe can be found at gofundme.com/f/help-with-ferguss-recovery-from-house-fire