Neighbors save man from burning home in Brainerd - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Neighbors save man from burning home in Brainerd

Posted: Updated:
EAST BRAINERD, TN (WRCB) -

An ambulance rushed an elderly man from his burning home in Brainerd Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials say the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m.

"A little boy came to knock on my door from the neighborhood and asked me to call the police," says neighbor, Eborah Henderson.

Before firefighters arrived neighbors jumped into action. Tim McCoy was one of the first to rush into the thick smoke and flames. He knew the homeowner, an 85-year-old man, was inside.

"We covered our face up cause there was a large amount of smoke," McCoy explains. 

Nearly blinded by fumes and smoke they began their search. "Just wasn't thinking, we rushed in, went through the house, seen him sitting there on fire. We got a towel and put it over his body and rushed him out," says McCoy.

Neighbors helped carry the man across the front yard. That's where fire crews found him with severe burns across the majority of his body. The man's wife, who also helped carry him out of the fire , was taken to the hospital with burns on her hands.

McCoy says he doesn't want to be called a hero, he was just doing his duty as a good neighbor and wants his message heard. "You have to pay attention to your neighbors, especially your elderly neighbors. Be aware of their situation and know when they're home and when they're not home," McCoy says.

Fire officials tell Channel 3 the elderly man will be flown to a burn center in Augusta, GA.

READ MORE|UPDATE: House fire sends two to hospital

  • NewsMore>>

  • Special Kneads: A new Georgia bakery

    Special Kneads: A new Georgia bakery

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:18:16 GMT
     A small bakery in Georgia is getting big support from the community.  The bakery is also getting noticed for what it's doing that is unlike anywhere else and a hint is in the name.

    More
     A small bakery in Georgia is getting big support from the community.  The bakery is also getting noticed for what it's doing that is unlike anywhere else and a hint is in the name.


    More
  • Crews called out to save swimmer in Catoosa Co.

    Crews called out to save swimmer in Catoosa Co.

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:33 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:33:27 GMT
    First responders are on the scene of a rescue operation in Catoosa County.More
    First responders are on the scene of a rescue operation in Catoosa County.More
  • UT rolls out new sex assault policy

    UT rolls out new sex assault policy

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:02 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:02:36 GMT
    Among the things that do not signal someone is consenting to sex, according to the University of Tennessee is his or her reputation or attire, the acceptance of gifts, previous consent or current dating relationship.More
    Among the things that do not signal someone is consenting to sex, according to the University of Tennessee is his or her reputation or attire, the acceptance of gifts, previous consent or current dating relationship.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.