Three DC Neighbors Rescue Elderly Man From House Fire

Three neighbors, two with ties to the DC fire department, came to the rescue of an elderly man in a house fire in Washington on November 17.

DC Fire and EMS named Deputy Chief Robert Pearson, retired DC Fire Lieutenant Garry Wiggins, and neighbor Tory Smith as the men who assisted in the rescue.

Smith told WUSA9 that the conditions were difficult to navigate.

“It was so smoky in there. I couldn’t see in front of my hand. I reached to the ground to try to see if I could feel for anybody. I felt his arm,” Smith said. “As soon as we felt his arm, we all pulled together and pulled him out.”

The fire was at the 3000 block of Clinton Street Northeast. DC Fire and EMS said the man rescued was hospitalized with “critical injuries”. Credit: DC Fire and EMS via Storyful