UPDATE: Ohio Man Saves His Family from Their Burning Home

UPDATE 4/21/14 @ 10:35 p.m.
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One man is considered a hero for saving his family from a burning home.

The fire started about 12:30 p.m. Monday along Union Township Road in Chesapeake, Ohio.

Susan Pomeroy was on her way to the house to pick up her brother when she noticed something was wrong.

"When I came up the road, I noticed that there was a lot of smoke coming from behind the house," Pomeroy said.

Due to complications, fire crews were there for more than five hours fighting the flames.

"There were several oxygen tanks that went off; some blew up," said Proctorville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Thornton Thomas.

The series of explosions made fighting the fire a difficult task for fire crews.

Those tanks belonged to a woman living inside the home who needs them to live, but the reason she is alive is thanks to her son, Fred Kilgore. Once Kilgore knew the house was on fire, he stepped into action to get his disabled mother out of the burning home.

"I had to help ease her over to the steps and ease her down it into a wheelchair and out the doorway," Kilgore said. "Then I yelled for my wife and uncle to get out, then I went back in and got the animals and made sure they were all out."

Fred's sister is now calling him a hero.

"She's in a wheelchair. There's no way she would have made it," Pomeroy said. "She would have died."

Kilgore says as long as all of his family is safe, that's what counts.

Neighbors were stepping in to make sure everything was alright for the family.

The Red Cross is helping find somewhere for the family to stay.

Thomas says it's hard to say what caused the fire, but says a probable cause is an electrical issue because people started seeing smoke coming from underneath of the home before the house went up in flames.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/21/14 @ 6:17 p.m.
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A large fire in Chesapeake, Ohio destroyed a home Monday afternoon.

The fire started about 12:30 p.m. on Union Township Road.

Firefighters say oxygen tanks inside the home have been exploding all afternoon, making it impossible for firefighters to get close.

Crews are still on scene Monday evening.

No one has been hurt.

We have a crew on the scene.


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