Off-duty volunteer firefighter helps save neighbor from fire

A woman was saved from a burning house in Brentwood thanks to her fast-acting neighbor, who is a volunteer firefighter. Matthew Marshall heard screams for help from the basement of a house on Garnet

News 12 Staff

Dec 17, 2014, 8:16 AM

Updated 3,443 days ago

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Off-duty volunteer firefighter helps save neighbor from fire
A woman was saved from a burning house in Brentwood thanks to her fast-acting neighbor, who is a volunteer firefighter.
Matthew Marshall heard screams for help from the basement of a house on Garnet Drive Tuesday. Without his gear, the off-duty firefighter ran across the street to the house.
"I crawled to the basement door," said Marshall. "I opened it. Smoke got me in the face. I tried to go down, but the heat and smoke was too much."
Within minutes, dozens of Marshall's brother firefighters at Brentwood Engine Company 2 arrived on the scene.
"From where she was in the bedroom -- where her bedroom was positioned -- right outside the door was the heavy volume of fire and heavy volume of smoke, which prevented her from exiting her bedroom to get to the stairwell," said Bill Peterson, the Brentwood fire chief. "That's when the firefighters made it down to the basement, went down the stairs, found her in the bedroom and removed her."
The woman, who firefighters say is in her early 20s, was treated for smoke inhalation. Two other residents in the house were able to run to safety on their own.
This is the second rescue in three weeks by Brentwood firefighters. They rescued a resident from a burning home on Carroll Street before Thanksgiving Day.


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