|Updated: 1/09 10:33 am
||Published: 1/08 4:56 pm
The Tulsa Fire Department told FOX23 a man rescued from an apartment fire on Wednesday has died.
Two neighbors rushed to save a man from his burning apartment in downtown Tulsa.
They told FOX23 about the horrific scene at the complex on west 9th street between Denver and Cheyenne, and their incredible efforts to get the man out alive.
Before Tulsa firefighters got to the burning downtown apartment, a neighbor and his cousin ran in to help.
"The lady come knocking on our door down here yelling my son's on fire, my son's on fire," said Joseph Van Buskirk, one of the rescuers.
"I kicked the door open and I saw him sitting on the floor, surrounded by flames, he was actually on fire," said Gary Wells, a neighbor and rescuer.
They knew they had to act quickly.
"The apartment was hot; there was a lot of fire, a lot of smoke. It was really choking me, as black as it could possibly be," said Wells.
"I went ahead and got him on out. It took me three times to get him. I had to keep reassuring him that he's OK, that's part of a firefighter's job," said Van Buskirk.
He told FOX23 he was a firefighter when he served in the Air Force.
Tulsa firefighters knocked out the flames quickly to keep the fire from spreading to other apartments. They told FOX23 there were no smoke detectors in the apartment.
Wells said he would pray for his neighbor.
"I've never seen anything like that before. I feel sick to my stomach yet. He'd sit out front of his apartment and we'd talk. He was really a nice kid," said Wells.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in the living room but are not sure how it started. The victim's name has not been released.