Man saves neighbor from early morning house fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 21, 2014) — A local man is credited with saving his neighbor from a burning building early Saturday morning.

59-year-old Rick Benedict tells IFD that he and his girlfriend were making their morning coffee just before 6 AM when they heard their neighbor screaming Benedict’s name. After running outside, Benedict saw his neighbor’s house engulfed in flames, with his neighbor trapped inside. Benedict sprung into action and, facing the risk of being overcome by smoke, pulled his neighbor to safety through a small window. That man was transported to Eskenazi Hospital to be checked out. He is listed in good condition.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The damage is estimated to be around $105,000. The homeowner told firefighters on scene that he awoke to the fire but has no idea what could have started it.

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