A letter carrier spotted a fire at a Lexington home and pulled its 96-year-old resident to safety before flames engulfed the upper floors today, fire officials said.
Stephen Nester was on his mail route at about 11:15 a.m. when he saw the blaze at the Fern Street home and called the Fire Department, said Fire Chief William Middlemiss. Nester then went inside, found Albert Whitcomb on the first floor, and helped him out.
The postal worker potentially saved the life of the resident inside the house, Middlemiss said.
He ought to be given a Nobel Prize, said neighbor Richard Jenson. Hes everyones friend. Hes a hero.
Whitcomb, who was evaluated at the scene, was not injured. His son, who lives with him, was not at home at the time of the fire.
The three alarm-blaze engulfed the second and third floors and sent flames erupting through the roof before it was brought under control, fire officials said.
Fire officials did not know what caused the blaze, and a damage estimate was not available.