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01/05/05

Good Samaritans Aid Victims of Possible Arson

The cabdriver, overcome by smoke, is helped from the scene. The cabdriver, overcome by smoke, is helped from the scene.

A cabdriver from Savannah and his customer are being credited with helping put out an overnight blaze that may be an arson.

Shortly before 1am this morning, cabdriver Harris Patrick was traveling on Stiles Avenue when he noticed a house on fire and two women using a garden hose to try to put it out. The women say they heard a noise, then found the sofa in the living room on fire and the blaze spreading.

Patrick and his customer, Christopher Hughes, went to the aid of the two women. But while helping to get the blaze under control, Patrick was overcome by smoke. When firefighters arrived, he had collapsed by the house.

"We just went in and pulled the couch out, Mr. Patrick is the one who went inside to pull the couch and stuff out," said Hughes. "And he just got the smoke in his lungs."

Patrick was taken to the hospital to be checked out and appears to be doing fine. The two women are being helped by the Red Cross.

Firefighters found an incendiary device inside the house and called for a fire investigator, who is now trying to determine who may have set the blaze.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com

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