A family home in England was saved from burning down after roly-poly mother Jenny Marsey’s size 20 underwear was used as a fire blanket.

Son John, 18, was frying bread when the pan caught fire, sending flames up to the ceiling.

Resourceful cousin Darren Lines, 23, grabbed Marsey’s panties from a pile of laundry, soaked them in water and flung them over the flames.

Marsey, 53, of Hartlepool, Cleveland, said: “I’m lucky my knickers are like a parachute! If they were skimpy they’d have been no use.”

Click here to see a photo of the woman and the undwear that saved her home.