BROCKTON (CBS) –An off-duty firefighter is being credited with rescuing a bedridden woman from a fire on his way to work Wednesday morning.
According to the Brockton Fire Department, a call reporting a fire on Woodward Avenue came in at 6:41 a.m. but John McLaughlin, an off-duty firefighter, was first on the scene after receiving an alert on his phone.
Inside, McLaughlin found a woman laying in a hospital bed surrounded by smoke. A fire had started on some papers in a chair next to the bed, said the Fire Department.
“Part of my training just kicked in and sensed that there might be somebody in there,” he recalled.
He was able to carry the woman out safely and she was taken to Brockton Hospital as a precaution.
“I didn’t worry about the fire, my concern was life safety–and then property–was to get her out of there away from the fire,” said McLaughlin.