Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin has spoken of how he feared for his family in the terrifying apartment block blaze that claimed the life of a neighbour.

After firing a second-round 75 that put him joint 28th at the halfway stage of the Spanish Open,the former Ryder Cup player explained how he raised the alarm when he smelt smoke in his Stockholm apartment block.

He battered down a door with his fire extinguisher and saved a 77-year old woman but couldn't help her husband, who died on the way to hospital.

He told reporters: "I heard a scream but the door where it came from was locked. It was quite an old apartment and luckily the door was not that solid, I got some kind of swing on it and managed to get it open.

"This woman was screaming loudly and there was terrifying dark black smoke coming out. I took a breath and went inside the apartment."