Woman pulled from house fire by neighbors

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A St. Joseph County woman was saved from a blaze Sunday night by two neighbors.

The fire broke out in the 57000 block of Oakside Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed.

Claire Herring, the woman inside the home at the time, is unable to walk. She was sleeping, when neighbors rushed in to save her.

"They took action. They got me out of there because I can't walk," said Herring.

Herring says she was sleeping at the time of the fire. "My husband took the grandkids to the store to get them a treat or something, and I said well this is a good time for me to lay down," she said.

Tim White, one of the men who went into the home recalls the fire. "She was asleep. I went in there said 'ma'm house is on fire we need to get out', said White."

"You see something, only people around, you gotta act, right?" said White.

"They're true heroes they went inside and risked their lives," said Brian Kazmierzak, Battalion Chief for Penn Township Fire. "It's not something we recommend but in this case it all worked out and it worked out for the best."

One cat died in the fire, another was injured.

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