Mobile Home Fire in Northwest Lubbock Turns Into A Dramatic Rescue Scene - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/05

Mobile Home Fire in Northwest Lubbock Turns Into A Dramatic Rescue Scene

A passer-by turns out to be a hero after he entered a burning home to rescue two people. Nicholas Tafoya happened to be passing through the Northwest Lubbock neighborhood when he saw the smoke and noticed people were still inside. He arrived at the scene before firefighters.

The fire sparked just before three Wednesday afternoon. At the time, investigators weren't sure what caused it.Witnesses said it may have started outside the home. Within minutes two nearby mobile homes caught fire and were completely engulfed in flames.

The two people rescued from inside the home were taken to University Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries. Family members have told NewsChannel 11 they are in excellent condition.

Family members also tell NewsChannel 11 they are grateful for Tafoya's act, but Tafoya said he merely acted out of instinct.

Tafoya said, "When we pulled up there was somebody hanging out the window saying she couldn't get out. Just out of instinct, reaction, I got scared, jumped out and I went and helped out."

The home is completely destroyed. The American Red Cross is working with the family to provide food and shelter.

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