NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – When a man got stuck inside his house during a fire, Jerome del Pino pulled him out of the flames.
Del Pino said he was driving when he noticed the sky looked foggy. That’s when he saw thick smoke coming from a house in the year 2000 of Elliott Street.
Jerome del Pino says he saw the flames just before 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Park the car to make sure everyone gets out of the house. That’s when he learned something was terribly wrong.
When I got to the front door of the house it was open, I screamed inside and heard another voice saying, ‘I’m here, I’m here.’ “I realized that the owner of the house had fallen and could not move and was lying on the floor inside the door. And so I was able to pull him out when the fire started spreading to the ceiling and onto the roof of the balcony,” explained Del Pino.
Del Pino was about to take his neighbor to safety in time.
“It’s really scary to see a fire spread so fast and start devouring everything around it. By the time I got him to the porch, the flames had moved inside the house to where he was lying. By the time I put him down the stairs, he was coming out of the windows.” “I don’t think he would have been there if I had been five minutes late,” said Del Pino.
First responders say the homeowner has been taken to hospital, where he is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. He is expected to be fine.
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