Cou­ple res­cues man from burn­ing home

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carol Harper

The front of a home was en­gulfed in flames when Tina Pfahler ran to the back to help a 75-year-old man es­cape.

“I re­ally ran,” Pfahler said. “I haven’t run for sev­eral years, but I re­ally ran.”

About 7:30 p.m. Pfahler and her hus­band, Lloyd, were leav­ing his mother’s home af­ter a visit, and Tina smelled smoke, she said.

The closer they trav­eled to the in­ter­sec­tion of Saw Mill Drive, Re­vere and Ter­rell lanes in North Ridgeville, Tina saw more smoke, and then flames, she said.

“I could see the guy in the house be­cause the lights were on,” Tina said.

“So my wife said, ‘We have to pull over and get him out,’ so we did,” Lloyd said.

“The whole front looked like it was en­gulfed,” Tina said. “There was a back pa­tio area. I ran back there. It was the first time I ran in four years. I was re­ally run­ning.”

The Pfahlers did not know the man they iden­ti­fied as Roger.

He told them no one else was in the home, they said.

Neigh­bors Skip and Bar­bara Miller of­fered Roger a chair to sit in, wa­ter to drink, and a jacket to keep him from go­ing into shock, they said.

“We live here,” Skip Miller said. “We would see him go out and get the mail. He would be in­side most of the time. We heard the ex­plo­sions. When we got out here, they were bring­ing him around. He had mo­tor­cy­cles in the garage, and the fuel tanks were ex­plod­ing.”

Roger’s glasses were cov­ered in smoke and he could not see out of them, Tina Pfahler said, so her hus­band cleaned them for him.

Gary Jakomin, who lives on Ash­field Way, said he was vis­it­ing a friend.

“One of the guys was coming back and said there was a house on Re­vere on fire,” Jakomin said. “We walked back. We could see the flames shoot­ing through the roof. We don’t know how it started. It looks like it started in the garage.”

North Ridgeville Fire Chief John Reese said mul­ti­ple de­part­ments re­sponded to the fire alarm, in­clud­ing Avon, Elyria, North Olm­sted, and Olm­sted Falls.

The fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Reese said, and a cause is yet to be de­ter­mined.

Lloyd Pfahler said Roger told them he no­ticed smoke.

“He went to the garage and saw the flames and reached for his fire ex­tin­guisher,” Lloyd said. “But that’s when the power went out and in the dark he couldn’t see what to do with the fire ex­tin­guisher. He couldn’t see the strap to pull it. He pan­icked and went back into the house.”

Tina Pfahler, who works for Ver­i­zon as an in­ven­tory co­or­di­na­tor, said she is not a hero.

PHOTOS BY CAROL HARPER — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished a blaze about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at this home at the in­ter­sec­tion of Saw Mill Drive, and Ter­rell Lane in North Ridgeville. A res­i­dent of the home was taken to the hospi­tal be­cause of smoke in­hala­tion, neigh­bors said.

Lloyd and Tina Pfahler res­cued a 75-year-old man from his burn­ing home about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in North Ridgeville.

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