Hometown Hero: John Hubbard

KENOVA, W.Va.(WSAZ) -- For his heroic action in rescuing a neighbor from her burning home, a man from Kenova is recognized as our latest Hometown Hero.

Nellie Payton was trapped inside her home earlier this week after it caught fire. Her neighbor John Hubbard saw the flames and sprang into action to help.

"I went toward the front to see what they were barking for, and my house was already flaming up," Payton said.

In a panic, she searched for her two dogs -- only to find one -- and ran out of the house.

"I was trying to get the other one, but it was so bad I couldn't get back in there," Payton said.

Flames were shooting as high as 20 feet into the air.

Hubbard had to knock a fence down to rescue Payton from the burning home.

"I just jerked it down and stepped on it so she could get out," he said.

Payton said even though she lost so much, she got away with her life -- and she owes it all to Hubbard.

"You saved my life, really," she told him. "I wouldn't have gotten out without you breaking that fence down, and I want to present you with this Hometown Hero.


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