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Two rescued from late night blaze by quick-thinking neighbor

Wanda Thomas Wanda Thomas
The victim was using the stove to light a fire The victim was using the stove to light a fire
Fire Marshal Tim Connell Fire Marshal Tim Connell
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A woman is being called a hero after firefighters say she saved two people from a burning home. One of the survivors remains in critical condition

Neighbors and family watched in total disbelief as investigators and firefighters observed the damage from an overnight fire.

Fire Marshal Tim Connell said, "At two o clock this morning we received a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived on scene we saw heavy smoke and fire showing."

Fortunately, 93-year-old Lillie Mae Brown and her son 64-year-old Albert Brown were already outside of the home when firefighters arrived. All thanks to the quick thinking of their neighbor Wanda Thomas.

"I was going to my back door to go in my house. I realized I didn't have my key. I looked back and I could see this orange flickering," said Thomas.

Thomas said she realized something was on fire in the home, and knew she had to act fast. "Open the door! Get out of there!" I said. I was going to get her out of there as much as I possibly could."

Thomas and her cousin were able to carry Lillie Mae out, when moments later, they saw Albert on fire.

"When he came to the back door, they were around his ankle. And you can see how bad they're burnt. They were on fire."

Albert was airlifted to Augusta Burn Center with third degree burns. He is in critical condition. Lillie Mae is alright.

"I'm not trying to be a hero. I just wanted to make sure she was ok. I do know that God brought me here to save their lives. I know that," Thomas said.

The State Fire Marshal says Albert started the fire when he lit a paper product on the kitchen's burner. They have ruled it an accident.

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