Helena family rescues elderly neighbor from house fire early Monday

Nolan Lister

A mother and her two sons pulled an elderly neighbor from his burning home early Monday.

Helena Fire Department Chief Jon Campbell said in an interview Monday about eight or nine HFD firefighters responded to the 1800 block of Joslyn Street at 4:03 a.m. for a call of a structure fire.

The single occupant of the manufactured home, whom Campbell believed to be about 70 years old, was pulled from the blaze by a family of three that lived across the narrow neighborhood street. The occupant of the home was transported to St. Peter’s hospital by ambulance with severe burn injuries.

“Alert neighbors detected the fire and were able to remove the victim from the building prior to Fire Department’s arrival,” the news release states.

“I don’t know who they are, but their actions are nothing short of heroic,” Campbell said.

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