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Chula Vista grandmother saves neighbor from burning home

Posted at 6:10 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 09:10:52-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A Chula Vista grandmother is being called a hero after saving her neighbor from a burning home.

The fire happened Monday night at a mobile home off of Otay Lakes Road, in East Chula Vista.

The woman named Marty is 76 years old. She says she was driving home from her daughter's house in Bonita, when she noticed the flames as she got closer to her home.

When she pulled up, she noticed her neighbor's home was engulfed in flames. She rushed out of her car to try to help.

Marty says she first started banging on the side of the mobile home, trying to get the two people inside to come out. Eventually, a man came out but said there was a woman still inside.

Thinking quickly, the 76-year-old crawled into the home to look for her neighbor. The home was full of thick smoke, but eventually, Marty was able to reach the woman's ankle. She says she stood up and pulled the woman by her clothes, forcing the two of them to fall back outside.

By the time they were out of the home, other neighbors had called 911 and rushed to help Marty and the woman she had just saved.

Marty and the two people she had just helped were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and have since been released.

Marty doesn't consider herself a hero and praised the Chula Vista Fire Department for putting the fire out before it spread to any other properties.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.