Passerby helps rescue man from burning house

LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – Around 11:15 Wednesday morning, a plume of black smoke rose from the 100 block of Bosler Avenue in Lemoyne, Cumberland County.

Michael Drake was driving and headed right for it. He described the scene.

“Just a bunch of windows breaking. A lot of hissing,” Drake said. “A lot of popping from the electrical. Sparks flying.”

He also noticed that a man trapped a few floors up.

“Went right up to the house and put the ladder up between the initial step and up to the second-floor roof,” said Drake. “Then the officer went up and threw the ladder up and he did all the dangerous stuff, I just assisted on that one.”

“And we’re very thankful for their quick response,” said Todd Shadle, Fire Chief, West Shore Bureau of Fire.

Firefighters responded moments after the rescue and encountered two buildings that were engulfed in flames.

It didn’t take long for 75 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, but the two homes are a total loss. A third home is damaged.

A fire marshal is investigating the cause.

“In our estimation is in the back of the duplex. We don’t know which side though,” said Shadle.

Despite the damage, Shadle said everyone escaped unharmed, including the man who was trapped.

“It’s adrenaline. You’re not even thinking. You just automatically do it,” said Drake. “It was definitely something that I don’t really want to have to do again. But if it happens again, I’d do the same thing.”

The Red Cross is assisting at least three families.

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