The heroic delivery driver who saved a woman from a blazing Angus building said football fitness helped him during the rescue.
Brian Provan was on the ball when he charged into the Arbroath flat and and pulled one-legged woman Kirsty Adam to safety.
The 43-year-old dad-of-one smashed a window and sprinted into the smoke twice, to ensure all the occupants were safe.
And he feels a fitness challenge he took on with St Johnstone benefited him during the dramatic rescue effort.
Brian embarked on the 12-week “Football Fans in Training” programme run by the club, which targets men who wanted to get fit and lose weight.
He delivered on both counts, dropping two stone through a combination of “short bursts of exercise” and football.
Asked whether his newfound fitness had helped during his selfless rescue, Brian said: “Very much so.
“To run into a burning building and climb two flights of stairs – you’ve got to be light on your feet!”
In his mission to save stranded Kirsty, Brian also employed some accurate footwork when he kicked down a door of the building.
But the Perth native – who drives to Arbroath every day as part of his job – said he was still “more of a rugby man”.
Kirsty, 33, is from North Yorkshire but had been staying with her friend Jacqueline Thompson.
Brian was driving along Arbroath’s Dishlandtown Street on Tuesday when he noticed the plumes of black smoke spilling out of a ground-floor window.
He raced into the building and pulled Kirsty out, before alerting the other residents.
It is understood a cigarette sparked the fire after it was emptied into a bin.
Brian praised former player Danny Griffin for his work with the fitness programme, and said he would recommend it to anyone.
“It was absolutely superb,” he said.
“I wish I could do it again.”
Dave Black, assistant community coach at St Johnstone, said: “I am delighted that Brian’s new levels of fitness helped him at such a critical time.
“Everyone at St Johnstone would like to say a big well done to him.”
Brian is currently training for the Brechin Beacons challenge, which will see him and a team of Parcelforce colleagues walk 54 miles in one day.
They hope their efforts will raise money to help fight prostate cancer.