|Updated: 5/10/2013 12:37 pm
||Published: 5/10/2013 5:27 am
An elderly woman is in the hospital after a house fire in North Tulsa.
The blaze broke out around 5:00 a.m. Friday morning on North Yorktown Avenue. Smoke filled the air and flames shot from the roof as crews arrived.
“I woke up to loud screaming, yelling, saying 'she's in there, she's in there.'”
Troy Taylor lives three houses down and says he awoke to screams his neighbor was trapped inside a burning house. He tells FOX23 News he didn’t have time to put on a shirt before he ran outside to help.
“The heat was so intense, it stopped me about 15-20 feet from the house, I couldn't go [in] because the heat was so intense,” Taylor says he tried to help the trapped woman. “She was in there 5-10 minutes before the first responders even got here.”
Joanna Swanson says her sister was the one who alerted neighbors.
“She was in the backyard with her boyfriend and her boyfriend's uncle,” Swanson began. “She comes out screaming, everybody in the neighborhood heard her.”
Swanson says the two men live in the home and ran away as the house burned, leaving an elderly woman inside alone.
Taylor says, “I think they're coward for not helping their grandmother out, it's pretty sad.”
Fire officials say the roof collapsed from the front part of the house, and flames got into the attic and involved the entire house. It took nearly 30 firefighters and 45 minutes to contain.
Ricky Stammer was on the firefighters who saved the elderly woman and says, “She was breathing on her own just a little bit, so we started CPR just to bring her along.”
Taylor tells us he is praying for her recovery.
“By god, I hope she's breathing, I hope she's alright because she didn't deserve this.”