Rochester man calls 911 and saves woman from fire
(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester woman is in the hospital after her home caught fire Saturday evening. Her family is taking to social media, saying she is alive because of the actions of the man living across the street.
It happened around 9 p.m. Saturday night on the 500 block on 3rd Ave NW Rochester. A neighbor noticed the home engulfed in flames and called 911.
Christopher Reynolds says he was waiting for a friend to come over that night when he looked out his kitchen window and noticed the house across the street on fire.
“It was bright orange on the side of the building, it wasn’t like I didn’t see really flames yet, but I could tell there was some somewhere like on the side of both of the houses,” Reynolds explained. “I could just see the color orange coming off the next house next to them.”
It’s a good thing he called when he did because the victim who lives there was unresponsive when crews arrived and she had to be rescued from the home.
On social media, the woman’s family says she’ll be in the hospital for at least a few weeks, but she’s expected to be okay. Calling 911 may seem obvious, but it can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.
“I just thought it was my responsibility I saw it and I knew it was bad and wrong and dangerous. So I just did what was right and called the police,” Reynolds added.
Rochester Fire Department says it’s crucial that people call for help when they see something strange or dangerous.
“We encourage anybody if you see anything that you deem an emergency to definitely call us,” Spencer Kremm with RFD explained.
The fire caused significant damage to the home and one of the woman’s dogs died in the fire.
The cause is still being investigated by RFD.
When calling 911, RFD says it’s crucial you give as exact on of address as possible to make sure firefighters can get their quickly, as it may save someone’s life.
A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of the victim, visit HERE.