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Posted: 11:41 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
LONG VIEW, N.C. —
Firefighters in Long View pulled a man from a burning home on Saturday. Eyewitness News was there as they rushed a disabled man to an ambulance seconds after getting him to safety. Eyewitness News talked with firefighters who made the rescue and the wife of the man trapped by the flames. Firefighters said from the time they got the call to arriving at the home it took them only about 90 seconds. As they rushed to get there, they got word a 71-year-old was still inside. Icey Moxley said the fire spread so quickly she barely had time to get out. "I got up to look and it come out so bad that I couldn't get out anymore so I had to go out through the kitchen and landed on the back porch," said Moxley. The first firefighters at the scene said they rushed into the burning home searching for her husband, who was still inside. Five firefighters, including Chief Eric Shepherd, found the 71-year-old, who is disabled, in a bathroom near the back of the home. Together they carried him through the burning home and back out the front door. Shepherd said he and the firefighters don't consider themselves heroes, but helping others is why he became a firefighter. "It is what it is all about: taking care of folks. It is a great feeling when we do this and actually make a save, so our wishes are with him and his family," said Shepherd. Because of the damage at the home, it may be late this afternoon before firefighter know what caused the fire. Firefighters said the 71-year-old was rushed to True Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
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