WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A neighbor saved a man from a mobile home fire in Weathersfield Township Thursday evening.
The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Randy Phillips was walking when he saw what he described as a flare coming from the roof.
“It sounded like a poof,” he said. “Like it would come out of a Roman candle, that’s almost what it looked like out of the back of the roof.”
“When we got here, the back part of the trailer was fully involved,” said Weathersfield Township Fire Chief Tom Lambert. “Fire was showing on three sides of the trailer.”
As firetrucks lined up along Whispering Pines Drive, Phillips talked with Lambert about how he pulled the man from the burning mobile home, which is four homes away from his.
“As I’m getting up to the door — and there’s smoke rolling, I mean, smoke rolling out of the doorway — he’s right at the edge. And I go to grab him by his hands, and I got his hands and he slipped.”
He slipped and passed out, which meant Phillips had to get him out himself.
“I grabbed him by the legs and I pulled him down the stairs,” he said.
Lambert said the trailer itself has extensive smoke and fire damage. He also said a cat died in the fire.
“The fire department did try and resuscitate the cat but it was unsuccessful.”
There’s no cause as of yet. The state fire marshal will be called in to investigate.
In the meantime, one man’s life was saved because one person decided to help.
“He was right place, right time to be able to help this gentleman,” Lambert said. “I believe if he wasn’t here, we may have had a different outcome of the homeowner.”
“I would have ran in there, but thank God he was at the doorway because I probably would have killed myself trying to get in there,” Phillips said.
Lambert said the man inside the house was hospitalized. He was conscious and talking when he was being put in the ambulance.