PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Northeast Philadelphia rowhome was blown open Monday. A 61-year-old man is alive due to a superb Samaritan who pulled him out of the rubble.
The entrance of the brick two-story house blasted into the entrance exposing the primary and second flooring.
One neighbor stated it appears like a dollhouse the way in which it’s utterly opened up.
The sufferer’s brother says he has been upgraded to crucial situation due to the severity of his burns, and that he’s fortunate to be alive due to the kindness of a stranger who heard his cries for assist.
Surveillance video captured the entrance of this brick rowhome exploding.
“Our items arrived to search out the entrance of a constructing lacking and collapsed and the second flooring closely concerned in fireplace,” Philadelphia Hearth Commissioner Adam Thiel stated.
Simply earlier than 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, crews had been known as for a reported explosion and fireplace on the 6300 block of Algard Road in Wissinoming.
Utility crews additionally responded, chopping off gasoline service, as greater than 60 firefighters labored to place out the flames for practically an hour.
“Additionally they found a person,” Thiel stated.
“I heard him crying and screaming so I simply went in to attempt to assist him out,” Rakyn Dyer stated.
Dyer was visiting a buddy and noticed the blast occur. He climbed over the rubble to get inside to rescue a 61-year-old man trapped on the second flooring.
“After I went upstairs, he was on fireplace, so I needed to put him out with the extinguisher and I picked him up, put him on my shoulder and got here downstairs,” Dyer stated.
This good Samaritan was in the best place on the proper time, saying he didn’t take into consideration himself till after it was over.
“As soon as I received him out, I used to be scared. I can’t imagine I went in there,” Dyer stated.
Humble about his heroism, which seemingly saved a life.
“I’d need somebody to assist my mother or my grandpop,” he stated.
A second individual was handled for smoke inhalation on scene.
Crews will seemingly have this space blocked off for a while as they full their investigation and start the method of cleansing up.
CBS3’s Alicia Roberts stories.