A woman in Coweta County is lucky to be alive after an off-duty firefighter spotted her home on fire and pulled her out on Wednesday morning.
According to Coweta County authorities, the fire occurred at the Sharpsburg home of 40-year-old Debra Pate at around 7:40 a.m.
They say off-duty Coweta County firefighter Frank Jones discovered the fire as he was driving to the Senoia fire station.
"I saw heavy fire coming…about 50 feet in the air," said Jones.
Without any protective gear, Jones kicked in the door and found Pate unconscious in the dining room. He said that he dragged her out. The home's landlord – a neighbor who owns the home – then came up and together they moved Pate to the ground.
Jones says the neighbor then ran to direct paramedics and firefighters in while he started CPR on the woman.
"I didn't have any kind of oxygen. I didn't have a facemask – anything," Jones said.
Pate was transported to Piedmont-Newnan Hospital in serious condition, say authorities.
Coweta County Fire Department Chief Todd Moore said that the woman might not have survived had it not been for the quick-thinking actions of Jones.
"He responded heroically and professionally. All of his training over the 22 years come to pass," said Moore.
Jones shrugged off being called a hero.
"I just did what I had to do, you know, nothing different than -- any other firefighter would have done the same thing," said Jones.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but said that the origin of the fire was in the kitchen.
Fire officials said they will likely honor the heroic actions of Jones in the near future.
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