Fairbury man saved from burning home by neighbor
"I was knocked out in the bed. Flames all in the bed. It was already in the house. I only had a couple more minutes."
FAIRBURY, Neb. (KLKN) – Fairbury resident Chris Porter was getting clothes ready for his next day of work before he dosed off. He was awoken by disaster.
“I took all my stuff out and put it on the coffee table and went and sat in my bed waiting on my laundry to get done,” he said. “That was about eight o’clock last night. The next thing I know I’m getting dragged out my bed by my neighbor.”
Porter’s home was engulfed with flames at around 10:30 Tuesday night.
“I was knocked out in the bed,” Porter said. “Flames all in the bed. It was already in the house. I only had a couple more minutes.”
Porter says investigators are assuming it was a cigarette that caused the fire, but are working to determine the official cause.
The only items he didn’t lose in the fire are two boxes of clothes and his motorcycle. He says his neighbors have been helping him through this difficult time.
“Everybody’s pretty much came to try to lend a helping hand whatever they can and offered me help and everything else,” Porter said. “I’m just trying to let it all sink in, you know. I mean everything I got sitting there and it’s gone.”
Porter’s neighbor did not want to be on camera for this story, but tells Channel 8 via text message that he saw the fire when he let his dog out before bed.
He ran to grab an extinguisher to try and put out the fire but it was too big so he ran to wake Porter up and get him out of the house.
“House was full of smoke, couldn’t breath, or see,” he said. “If the house hadn’t of been same floor plan as mine, we wouldn’t of gotten out.”
Porter is grateful his neighbor was there to rescue him.
“[I’m] without words,” he said. “I lost everything and I don’t know where to start, but I mean, I guess the biggest thanks is to him because I am here. All this stuff can be replaced but everything I own is in that house.”