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UPDATE: Man tries to save elderly woman from burning home

Posted at 6:04 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 18:30:36-04


An elderly woman is recovering in the hospital, after being rescued from her burning home. 

13 Action News spoke exclusively with the man who ran inside her home, trying to save her.  

"They were telling me not to do anything, but I'm not just going to let someone burn to death in a house if I can do something about it," says neighbor, Nick Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says he jumped on top of the detached garage to get to the backyard, then kicked in the woman's back door.  He says he tried to run upstairs to grab her, but the stairs collapsed underneath him.  

He says the woman called out to him, telling him to save her cats. 

"I ran through flames to get to her cats," says Rodriguez. 

Rodriguez was able to get the cats out of the home.  

Clark County fire crews were then able to rescue the elderly woman.  They say when they got inside the house, they found the woman inside her bathroom, and that it appeared she was trying to escape the flames and the smoke.  

Crews say she was sent to the hospital with smoke inhalation, but is expected to be ok.  


Firefighters from Clark County and Las Vegas responded to a fire on Greenbriar Townhouse Way near South Sandhill Road and Boulder Station on Thursday morning.

The fire was reported at 5:38 a.m. Upon arrival, there were large amounts of smoke and flame coming from the structure. An occupant was located and assisted out of the structure by firefighters. That person was then transported to University Medical Center.

According to scanner traffic, there were also several pets in the residence. It is believed they are OK. The fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.