Savannah man saves woman from burning house

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One person is dead  and two are firefighters hurt after a investigators say a space heater caused a house goes up in flames.

"I could see the smoke from over there," said Clarence "Bill" Powell, Jr.

Two houses away from where Powell was visiting his parents is where he saw flames shooting out of a neighbor's roof. It was just after 2:00 a.m. when emergency crews were called to the Dell Street home where two people were trapped inside, 83-year-old Devereaux Dixon and his 82-year-old wife Doris Dixon.

"She was making noise from the back area. She was saying, 'Mr. Power, Mr. Power, help me, help me!'," said Powell, who ran to help.

"I immediately went to her. When I saw the fire and heard her screaming I went to the next door neighbor and asked her to give me something to break the window. She went and got a hammer. I took the hammer and just knocked out the glass and pulled her out of there," Powell added.

He then ran to the front of the house to try to get Mr. Dixon out.

"This door here was closed. I had to pull this door out. When I pulled this door out I just kicked that in. That's when all of the smoke came and knocked me back. All of that smoke and all of that fire, man that thing knocked me back," said Powell.

Sadly, Mr. Dixon was dead.

Those who know Powell say he's always help those in the neighborhood.

"Anytime something goes on with the elderly around here he looks out for us. God put him in the right place at the right time," said Blondia Spellman, Powell's older sister.

Mrs. Dixon was treated for possible smoke inhalation.  Also, two Savannah firefighters have been treated for minor burns.

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