Young Man Helps Woman in East-Side House Fire

Brian Kelly

WASHINGTON PARK, Il. (KMOX)- A young man may have saved the life of one of the two women injured in a late afternoon metro east fire.

Marcus Smith tells KMOX he was walking past a home in the 1400 block of North 46th Street in Washington Park at about 4:00pm Friday, when he saw the fire, “I automatically had an adrenaline rush. I just did what I did.”

Smith says what he did was grab a crowbar. He broke out one window but couldn’t get in because of burglar bars, so he broke out another window. He then wrapped a towel around his face and went inside, “I noticed there was a lady inside. Her head was hanging off the bed so I grabbed her head and pulled it closer to the window so she could get some air. As I pulled her closer the ambulance and fire department said let her go they said they were going inside.

“When I pulled her I thought she was dead. I thought she was gone automatically, but she wasn’t, she was breathing when they pulled her out.”

Washington Park Fire Chief, Kenyatta Moore says the woman had apparently stopped breathing, but was revived by paramedics.

Smith says the other woman suffered severe burns, “When she came out, she was walking out. When she walked out her skin was coming off.”

There’s no word on the victims’ conditions.

Smith was wearing a bandage on his left hand, due to cuts suffered in the rescue, “It’s cut but it’s okay though. As long as she’s okay.”

Copyright KMOX Radio

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