UPDATE | Officer rescues man in wheelchair from burning home

Published: Aug. 7, 2019 at 4:26 AM EDT
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UPDATE 8/7/19 @ 1:30 p.m.

There were terrifying moments Wednesday morning as flames shot out of an apartment building in Huntington with a man in a wheelchair still inside.

Huntington Police Officer John Weber arrived first and soon realized Glenn Nichols was trapped. That's when he kicked through the front door, got Nichols in his wheelchair, and wheeled him to safety.

The whole thing was captured on cell phone video by Eric Rozell, who lived in the upstairs apartment.

Nichols says if it weren't for Officer Weber, he may have never made it out.

"I thought it was people in the building fighting and somebody was trying to get in my door," Nichols said.

Now out of harms way, Nichols is still processing what happened.

"It's hard to believe it happened," Nichols said. "'I hear about it all the time, houses burn in Huntington, but I never thought I would be the one that it happens to."

One thing Nichols is sure of: He owes Officer Weber his life.

"I thank him from the bottom of my heart," Nichols said. "He's just been super good to me and got me in the car out of the weather -- turned the heat on and all that making sure I was comfortable."

It was a courageous and selfless act Nichols will hold onto for the rest of his life.

UPDATE 8/7/19 @ 6:29 a.m.

A handicapped man trapped inside a burning apartment building was rescued safely by a Huntington Police Officer.

The building was fully engulfed when our crews arrived on scene.

Glenn Nichols, 59, was the man who was stuck inside. He says he didn't even know there was a fire, he just heard people yelling and thought it was maybe a fight.

Corporal John Weber kicked in the front door, telling Nichols that the apartment was on fire and that he needed to get out. Weber put Nichols in his wheelchair and made it out safely.

"It's hard to believe it happened. I hear about it all the time, houses burning in Huntington, but I never though I'd be the one that it happened to. I mean considering everything that's happened to me, I'm doing okay," said Nichols.

There were three other people inside the building. They all got out safely. No one was injured.

Cabell County 911, the Huntington Fire Department, the Huntington Police Department, were on scene.

The Red Cross is helping out residents. The apartment building is a total loss.

There is no word on what caused the fire. Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.


Huntington Police say a handicapped man who was trapped inside a burning home has been rescued safely.

The fire happened a little after 3:30 in the 2100 block of 5th Ave.

First responders say a man was inside, unable to get through a door that was bolted shut as the home was engulfed in flames. A Huntington Policeman kicked the door in and pulled the man to safety.

A WSAZ Crew is at the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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