DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA)– On a day when everyone is thinking about first responders, we’ve got the story of neighbors jumping in to help during a fire before the professionals could get there. This all happened last night in a mobile home park on Green Acres Street in Danville.
One neighbor says she had just seen the man who lived there walk into his home. When she came back out she saw flames coming out. She ran over and realized he was still inside. They could hear him yelling and banging on the walls of the mobile home trying to get out.
Neighbors came over and were working to pry open the back door. His daughter was also out there. They say when they got the door open she crawled in and pulled her father out.
A neighbor who used her own water hose to try and put out out the flames says she’s glad so many people came over to help.
“It’s like the whole wall was moving, not just the door but the whole wall … and the whole neighborhood came to help. I’m so glad we’ve got friends like this around here. I’m so glad,” Deborah Stacey says.
The man inside was sent by helicopter to a hospital in Springfield. The fire department says when they got there they were able to get the fire down quickly. No other homes were damaged but this one is a total loss.
The fire is under investigation.