A mysterious hero is being credited for saving the life of an elderly woman after he pulled her away from her burning home in Rainbow before firefighters, who were blocked by flames, were able to get to her.
When the first engine arrived at the home on Rainbow Valley Boulevard Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. they heard the woman yelling. "They heard the cries for help as they pulled up," said North County Fire spokesman John Buchanan.
But flames were already shooting in every direction out of the house. "It was heavily involved," Buchanan said.
The firefighter crew, who are with the Rainbow Fire Department and are all volunteers, would have normally waited for backup, but after hearing the screams they tried to get to her.
But the situation inside the home was too dangerous, Buchanan said. Flames were rapidly consuming the structure and the roof was about to collapse. The crew had to back out. "It was treacherous," Buchanan said.
The woman, who is in her 80s, was taken to a hospital where she was said to be in a life-threatening condition, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday night. But Buchanan said on Wednesday that it appeared she was improving. "From what I hear she is doing better," he said.