Matthew Mustard was smoking a cigarette at the back of his house when he heard for help from the Woodridge grounds just before 9pm last night.
“There were just clouds of smoke coming from the neighbor’s roof. We saw the fire start in his living room,” he said.
Mustard and another neighbor rushed to the aid of the resident, who is blind and deaf, without thinking of their own safety.
“He’s blind and deaf. We knew we had to get him out quickly,” Mustard said.
“We went around the back and kicked in the back door.
“He was there, so we dragged him out. He was glad he was out.”
After dragging their neighbor out, within minutes the entire house was engulfed in flames.
Mustard said he was lucky to have seen the fire, otherwise the outcome could have been much worse.
“Had we not taken him out within that minute, he would have died in the fire, a very lucky man,” he added.
Firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.