Lucky Break Saves Man from Fire
Posted November 29, 1997
DURHAM — Firefighters were returning to their station Friday night after handling one fire call when they spotted smoke coming from the home of Clyde Briggs and saved the wheelchair-bound man from his burning kitchen.
Briggs knew what a close call he had. He said until his rescuers arrived, he thought he was going to burn up.
Capt. Bob Blackwell spotted Briggs struggling to get out of the kitchen, with flames and heavy smoke only about 10 feet away. Blackwell picked Briggs up and carried him out of his home at 110 Herbert St. Other firefighters rescued several small animals from the house.
Cause of the fire is undetermined, but a toaster oven is suspected.