99-year-old saved from a burning home in Fort Myers
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A 99-year-old woman is rescued from a burning home overnight. The fire started at a home on Ellis Road in Fort Myers around 3 am.
The Tice Fire Department and Fort Myers Shores Fire Department responded.
Travis Bryant works in construction. Fox 4 caught up with him hard at work on a boat dock in a Fort Myers neighborhood, but it's what he did in his own neighborhood early Tuesday morning that has his neighbors, talking.
"If he wouldn't have come out for that phone, she'd be dead, burned to death, sure as hell," said William Martin, neighbor.
Bryant is shy and hesitant to tell Fox 4 just how things played out. Bryant says he went to his car around 3 am that is when he noticed flames shooting through the roof at his neighbor's house.
"Luckily, the door was unlocked. I could hear her in there crying for help. I open the door and got her out then the house went up in flames after that," said Bryant.
Portions of the roof have collapsed. The house is burned black from smoke. The 99-year-old woman inside survived thanks to Bryant. She was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
The Tice Fire Chief says she is doing just fine.
"Luckily, she had a flash light and I found her. I could see the flash light so I got her out and watched the house burn down." said Bryant.
Neighbors woke to the sounds of sirens.
"Hell of a lot of lights on and I was up at 3 am, a little before and it was already going on," said Martin.
Bryant doesn't want credit for saving a life. He says he did what he hopes anyone would do.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.