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Neighbor Rescues Man from Burning Home

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RUSH SPRINGS, Okla_ A fire ripped through a house in Rush Springs Monday morning, with one homeowner still asleep inside.

The fire started around 9:30 AM. Luckily, a neighbor happened to be outside and noticed the smoke. He raced over and pulled the man to safety. Firefighters from four area departments helped put the fire out. 

When our 7News crew arrived, firefighters were still trying to put the fire out, but in the end, the home was destroyed. The victim's wife, who just happens to be the EMT director in Rush Springs said it's not the first time they've been through this.

Deanna Pate said she was a few blocks away at her grandson's school performance, when her brother-in-law told her the house was on fire.

"I was worried about my husband, because I knew he wasn't feeling well," Pate said.

She said she rushed home and was greeted by fighters fighting the blaze. Thanks to neighbor Eldred Jones, her husband Teddy was alright. Jones lives across the street. He was watering his front yard, when he saw smoke coming from the direction of Pate's home.

"I thought they either were burning trash," Jones said. "I walked on out a little bit further, and I knew it wasn't trash. I knew something was wrong, so I just come running across the road there."

Jones said he thought Teddy could still be trapped inside.

"I beat on the door, and nobody answered," Jones said. "Evidently it was unlocked, because the fourth time I beat it, it kind of came open. I just pushed it open."

Jones said when he entered the burning home, he found Teddy asleep inside of his bedroom towards the front of the house. He said he could see the fire quickly approaching them from the back of the house, and that's when he woke Teddy up. Then, they rushed outside to safety.

"I'm not a hero," Jones said. "I feel like I am a pretty good neighbor. That's what I feel like, because I hope the rest of my neighbors, which I'm sure they would, if something were to happen, would help me."

This is the second time the Pates have dealt with this kind of tragedy. Another house burned back in 1995.

"I just thought, ‘Oh, I don't want to go through this again.' I'm just praising God everybody is safe."

Deanna is the town's Emergency Medical Services Director. Some of her co-workers and neighbors stand by, willing to do whatever is needed to help her out.

"I'm still in awe at what everybody's been doing," Deanna said. "I can't thank everybody enough. I really appreciate them doing a great job."

Fire officials have not released what caused the fire, but for now, both Deanna and Teddy will be staying with family members.



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