Vounteer Firefighter Is Christmas Hero

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

A FIRE LEAVES AN ELDERLY WOMAN HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
IT ONLY TOOK FOUR MINUTES FOR GRANITEVILLE FIREFIGHTERS TO RESPOND TO THE CALL BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH TO SALVAGE HER HOME.
TAMMY GERBER WAS OUT FINISHING UP HER LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WHEN SHE HEARD THE DEVASTATING NEWS.

"I GOT A PHONE CALL AS WE WERE COMING DOWN THE ROAD TO BE ALERT ALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS WERE HERE AND MY MOTHERS HOUSE WAS ON FIRE."

SHE WAS GONE FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR BUT IT ONLY TOOK PRECIOUS SECONDS FOR THE FLAMES TO DESTROY HER MOTHER'S HOME.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY THERE'S EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE CENTER OF THE TRAILER, AND IT'LL MOST LIKELY BE A TOTAL LOSS.

ANDY JOHNSON, AN OFF DUTY VOLUNTEER GRANITEVILLE FIREFIGHTER WAS DRIVING DOWN ASCAUGA LAKE ROAD ON HIS WAY TO HIS MOTHER'S HOUSE WHEN HE SAW THE MASSIVE BLACK CLOUDS OF SMOKE COMING FROM HER TRAILER.

ANDY: "WHEN I GOT THERE THE NEIGHBORS NOTICED THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE AND SHE WAS DIRECTLY INSIDE THE FRONT DOOR."

THAT'S WHEN ANDY'S ADRENALINE STARTED TO KICK IN.
HE MANAGED TO PULL THE 61-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OUT OF THE BURNING TRAILER SAFELY.

HE SAYS SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS BUT BREATHING SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN

HE SAYS IT WAS NO ACCIDENT THAT HE WAS THERE TONIGHT.

ANDY: "GOD PUTS YOU IN RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME."

THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNKNOWN BUT GRANITEVILLE FIRE CHIEF PHIL NAPIER SAYS IT APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED IN THE LIVINGROOM.
THE ELDERLY WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO M-C-G TO BE TREATED.
HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.


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