Neighbors rescue 600 lbs man from burning house

May 13th, 2011 by Staff

www.desmoinesregister.com — Two neighbors rescued a man they say weighed 600 pounds from a house engulfed in flames in the Norwoodville area Thursday afternoon.

Steve Miller heard an explosion and debris hitting his home at about 4:30 p.m. Miller and another neighbor went outside to see the house on Northeast 27th Court north of Northeast 46th Avenue burning.

The neighbors kicked the door down and found the home’s occupant on the floor. The large man — believed to weigh about 600 pounds — couldn’t walk.

The neighbors rolled the fire victim outside and across the road. The man suffered severe burns on his hands and torso, Miller said.

“He wouldn’t have made it out alive,” Miller said. “We just did what you’re supposed to do for neighbors.”

Firefighters from across northern Polk County battled the fire for more than 90 minutes as it consumed the single-story abode. The house is just southeast of the east interstate highway mixmaster.

Neighbors said the man had lived inside the house for several years, but rarely came outside to socialize. Miller did not know the man’s name.

The intense heat melted the siding of the yellow house to the north and burned the sideboards and broke windows of Miller’s home to the south.

No other injuries were reported. The house was a total loss, officials said.


One Response

  1. daryl

    See where you are headed Bubba…….

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