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Good Samaritan saves Florida woman and dog from burning home

Fort Myers Beach Floria
Posted at 11:10 AM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 14:10:46-04

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — A man driving through Fort Myers Beach Tuesday afternoon rescued a woman and her dog from a burning home.

James Cullen says he saw the flames from the road. As he got closer, he could hear a woman yelling.

According to Cullen, the woman grabbed her dog and jumped onto Cullen's back so she could escape the house.

"I walked up the stairs, and I just said, 'Grab on,'" Cullen said. "...I was scared. I was. I thought, 'Someone's going to be dying.' But the girl got out, a dog got out. Hopefully, the puppy made it out where. That's all I hope."

Fort Myers Fire Chief Matt Love said the fire started at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Flames went through the roof of the two-story home. One person was transported to the hospital after being rescued.

The cause of the fire has not been released. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time.

This story was originally published by Jane Monreal on Scripps station WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida.