LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Neighbors rushed to rescue an elderly couple trapped inside their burning home in Louisa County, but unfortunately, they were only able to save one of them.
It happened early Sunday morning on Zachary Taylor Highway.
Fire crews got there around 4:30 a.m., but some quick thinking by two neighbors before firefighters arrived proved invaluable.
Robert Miracle and his wife spotted the flames and ran to help. Armed with a sledgehammer and fire extinguisher, they knocked down the door and pulled the woman out.
“I had just enough time to see her standing inside the house. I think she was holding her husbands hand,” said Miracle.
After getting the woman to safety, he went to rescue the man, but the flames were too strong and the house was collapsing. The man died at the scene.
“By that time…we had fire blowing out the doors and windows. Survivability rate was little to none,” said Keith Greene of the Louisa County Fire Department.
Miracle says, despite the dangerous situation, they felt they needed to act.
“I just knew there were some elderly folks who lived there and they were probably going to need some help because they weren’t outside so…do what you gotta do,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Fire officials say they believe it started in a wood stove and then spread quickly within the home.
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