HAMPTON, Va., (WAVY) - A Hampton man has his neighbor to thank for rescuing him from his burning home Sunday.
Fire officials say a little after 5:00 p.m. a blaze started on the second floor of a home on the 200 block of Parksdale Avenue. One man was trapped on the second floor of the home, and his neighbor rushed to save him.
From his home across the street D'Sean Lee says he didn't see the flames, but could hear someone was in trouble.
"He was over there calling for my mom. She was in the house. She heard him," Lee said. "She called and told me there was a fire across the street."
At that time, fire crews had not yet arrived, and smoke was quickly filling the second floor and moving to the attic. A man was trapped on the second floor trying to escape through a window.
"He was trying to come through the window, but I didn't know how fast that fire was spreading, and he didn't look like he was moving fast enough," Lee.
Family members say the home is equipped with safety windows that can only open with a key, a key the man trapped on the second floor didn't have.
"I just came across the street not really thinking really," Lee said. "I just came over, picked him up, pulled him out, and brought him across the street to the house."
The man only suffered smoke inhalation. His family members shudder to think what would have happen if Lee had not rushed to help.
"I'm just very grateful that the young man did save my uncle's life," Tirrah Evans said. "We [are] just glad nobody got hurt."
Lee says don't call him a hero.
"That's what neighbors are for right?" Lee said.
Fire officials say the Red Cross is assisting the man who was rescued from the fire. Investigators say the flames were contained to the second floor and the attic. They are still working to determine what caused the fire.
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