UPDATE: Firefighters rescue Meigs Co. man from house fire
A Meigs County volunteer firefighter's quick actions likely saved a man's life. It happened Sunday at a home on Warren Lane.
The firefighter heard over his radio a house was on fire with someone still inside. Michael Arp knew he could get to the home first and rescue a man who is physically disabled.
"Being rural like this, usually it's already out of control before you can get there, but this was a good save. It worked out great for us,” Michael Arp said.
The flames and smoke are gone, but Michael Arp remembers what he smelled and saw when he arrived to the Warren Lane home. The fire broke out a mile from his home.
“I could tell by the flames in the windows and the heavy smoke inside that we did have a pretty active fire. Fortunately, the fire contained itself to one room and that was the kitchen,” Arp said.
Arp used this small fire extinguisher to battle the fire. It's the only protection this volunteer firefighter had from the flames.
He had no time to wait for others to respond with protective gear.
"It comes to that point, how far can I go with this? Am I going to be able to get to the patient? You run all of that through your head. A lot goes into play,” Arp said.
He managed to reach the 67-year-old man who relies on a walker.
Arp had to drag him from the couch to the front door to get him away from the fire. He knew what path to take because Arp has been here on a medical call in the past.
"I think I done a whole lot of what anybody else would have done. If you know that person is in that residence, there's a possibility that you can get that person out. You're going to take that chance,” Arp said.
First responders took him to the hospital. The man made it out with no burns.
Firefighters said the home did not have smoke alarms. It's also unclear how the man is doing tonight.