Grants Pass, Ore.– Terrifying moments for Grants Pass neighborhood as they watch their neighbor’s apartment consumed by fire. But one man stepped in to save the woman who firefighters said was stuck inside.
“Tomorrow isn’t promised. I’m thankful to God and Jesus that she’s here,” said Daniel Wilson.
He knows how close it was because it’s the apartment his girlfriend, Christine Wright used to live in.
It caught fire Tuesday this morning. Wright suffered minor injuries.
“A lot of cut, and bruises, fat lip, and cut up knee,” said Wilson.
But Wright got out alive with the help of her next door neighbor’s boyfriend.
“Apparently someone found her and pulled her out.”
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to the call along the 500 block of Southwest 4th Street, there they found Wright’s bedroom in flames.
While she was trying to get belongings out, she fell inside and Tyler Dooley, her neighbor’s boyfriend from Medford got Wright out of the burning apartment.
Battalion Chief Randy De Lond said, “That’s a pretty amazing feat to put themselves at risk to try to help someone else out.”
“I’d love to meet him or shake his hand. That girl means the world to me…My world would have been destroyed not just hers.”
Upstairs neighbor, Alex Bermea was also rattled, he saw it all happen.
“Kind of was a terrifying moment. My apartment is directly above. Fire reached up to my apartment, all the smoke was coming through here.”
Bermea is relieved his apartment and the other three didn’t catch fire.
But everything Wright had inside was destroyed by fire. Both Wilson and Bermea agree, life is more precious.
Battalion Chief De Long said investigators will be determining the cause of the fire throughout the week.