GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A driver passing by a neighborhood saves a Grants Pass woman from her burning home. But that man didn’t just save her life, he also saved her home from being destroyed.
Driving to work Friday morning, a man spotted smoke coming out of a home on Bryn Court. That’s when Daron Dawson got out of his car and rushed toward the home. Dawson says he pounded on the front door to see if anyone was inside, but no one answered. He had emergency responders on the phone and says he briefly left to get the street names. By the time he got back, the front door was wide open.
“I could see her legs through the smoke, and I could hear her yelling for help. She was about 15 feet inside so I did what i had to do and to get her to come out. And went in and helped her out,” says Dawson.
Dawson says the entire backside of the home was engulfed in flames by the time he got the woman out safely. Fire officials say the flames spread to the shed just a couple of feet from her home. They say the woman is in her 80’s and lived by herself. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Rural-Metro Fire and Grants Pass Fire rescue crews responded. They had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. As for the woman who lived inside the home, Red Cross is providing temporary housing.