Alert neighbor gets woman out of home struck by lightning

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GREENWOOD – Massive flames tore through a home at 2708 Night Hawk Road late Wednesday afternoon, and firefighters are blaming it on the severe weather. Lightning is the suspected cause of that fire.

The woman inside her house made it home just in time. She didn’t know her house was in flames until an alert neighbor told her.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the roof. The fire could’ve killed the woman inside, if not for a man a few houses down.

“I told her–I don’t know if she believed me at first–but I told her, we need to get out of the house now, and I was ready to drag her out,” said Tim Napier.

Napier didn’t hesitate when his stepdaughter Emma Lucas spotted the flames across the way.

“I said, ‘Oh, my gosh Tim, there’s a house on fire,'” she said.

Napier ran over and started banging on the door, telling the woman at home to leave. He said smoke was billowing and filling the place fast.

“Once we got outside the house, she looked up and saw that the house was fully engulfed,” he said.

In just minutes that smoke turned to heavy fire, all set in motion by a lightning bolt.

“It’s not uncommon for us to get lightning strikes to residences like this one, and there’s not much that can be done about it,” said John Dean, battalion chief with the Greenwood Fire Department. “It does a lot of damage quick.”

Tim Napier doesn’t call himself a hero, but you might. He said he’s just someone who did the right thing.

“The way the house went up, it went so quick, and her not having any idea, it possibly did save her life,” said Napier.

Neighbors told FOX59 the couple living at the home just moved in a few months ago. Thankfully, the woman was not hurt in the fire. Her husband was at work when it happened.

As for Napier, maybe he is the neighborhood guardian angel. He helped a man who’d fallen down some stairs a few weeks ago.

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