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UPDATE: Fire crews describe neighbors helping save lives in fire

Posted at 5:49 AM, Mar 29, 2018

UPDATE: The fire crews from Station 38 say they were impressed with the neighbors who rushed inside to help.

They although the neighbors weren't able to rescue the man inside themselves, alerting crews to the fact that there was still someone trapped allowed them to save time by moving to rescue mode.  They rushed inside quickly without a hose to try and perform a rescue.

They had to go back to grab a hose because the fire was so powerful, but they were able to rescue the man.

At 12:17 A.M., neighbors came to the rescue of a woman in wheelchair who was trapped inside of a burning home at 1590 Glassy Pond Avenue near Maryland Parkway and Silverado Ranch Boulevard.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene of the fire said the neighbors knew an elderly man and a woman lived inside the burning home. 

Cousins Tyler and Anthony Reveles were on their way back home when they noticed their neighbor's house was on fire. 

Without thinking twice two men jumped into action, risking their lives. 

Anthony Reveles says, "You can’t breathe. You can’t see. Your eyes are tearing."

Tyler Reveles, says, "There was another gentleman trying to get in. An older lady she was crawling out. She could barely even walk."

The neighbors were able to get her safely out of the home.

"I ran inside to grab her wheelchair. It was pretty hard to see. There was a lot of smoke. A lot of fire," says Tyler.  

They then went back inside to find the man but were unsuccessful.

"We felt helpless almost because we could hear someone up there moving around and your instincts kick in," says Tyler.

Anthony tried to find a mask so he can go further in to save the man with no luck. 

That’s when firefighters arrived and told neighbors to get out. 

Firefighters later found the man upstairs and transported him to the hospital where he is suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Fire Chief with Clark County Fire Department, Jeff Buchanan, says, "Without them telling our crews that there was someone unaccounted for then our crews would not have made the decision they did."

"It’s just like a natural response when you see someone in trouble and if you can help them in any possible way it’s just a humane thing to do," says Tyler.

Anthony and Tyler Reveles say they have a newfound respect for firefighters who save lives while risking their own everyday. 

Two other neighbors who bravely rushed into the fire were also injured and transported to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.