Bryan Man Saves Stranger From Burning Home

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

A Bryan man saved an elderly woman's life Tuesday by carrying her out of a burning house on his back.

Jorge Martinez says he was driving home from work down Lynn Drive in Bryan Tuesday, when he noticed smoke coming from the roof of a nearby house. Someone outside told him there was a woman trapped inside.

“It was pitch black, there were flames on my left. I didn't think about the flames, or the heat, or the smoke. I just thought about the person inside that needed to be carried out to safety,” said Martinez.

Martinez went into a burning house to save Dorris Ercanbrack, an elderly woman he'd never even met before.

“I didn't think about it twice. I kicked the door down. I saw a lot of smoke inside, so I low crawled. I turned my cell phone on, it had a flash light in it. I guided myself with that flashlight. I felt her hand, carried her on my back, and I just low crawled out,” said Martinez.

Martinez wasn’t the only person to lend a hand. David Magallanes, a neighbor, and one of the victim’s relatives assisted Martinez once they were outside the house.

“We set her on the back of my tailgate until the ambulance got here,” said Magallanes.

Bryan Firefighters responded to put out the fire, but the front of the home was severely damaged.

Doctors say Ercanbrack remained in serious condition at St. Joseph Hospital Wednesday.

Investigators still don't know the cause of the fire, but it doesn't look like there was any foul play.

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