A Surrey man used a hatchet to chop his way into his neighbour's burning home and pull him out of the flames. 

Steven Summerton says he was woken up by banging on the wall of his duplex coming from his neighbour's side around 1:30 a.m. PT.

"So we went outside to check on him, to see what was going on, and he was yelling, 'Help, help, help'."

Summerton says initial attempts to kick in the door failed, so he began looking for a way to break in.

"So I ran back into my house and grabbed the hatchet and chopped the lock off the door and we were able to kick it in. We grabbed him and pulled him out of the fire."

He says his friend, whose name was not released, was taken to hospital suffering from bad smoke inhalation and minor burns to his arms.             

Surrey Fire Battalion Chief Ed Wells says the fire was knocked out easily. The cause is still under investigation, but Wells suspects it may have been a case of smoking in bed

Wells said the duplex has been a concern for a long time because it is in such disrepair, but the property is slated for redevelopment in the near future.

"This property has been in our cross hairs for years. It's not in very good shape and the development sign is something we are looking forward to."