Wednesday, February 12 2014, 01:30 PM EST
Mystery Woman, Police Officer Rescue Man From Burning Home
A seemingly routine kitchen fire in a Chattanooga home could have been anything but ordinary, if it wasn't for the quick thinking of an unknown woman and a Chattanooga police officer.
"I could see the flames in the kitchen and I told him that we need to get out," said Officer Tyrone Williams.
Williams was driving near the area of a house fire on Chamberlain Avenue this morning.
"I didn't really think about it," said Williams, "not for a second."
A woman standing on the front porch flagged down Williams, who rushed into the home that was quickly filling with smoke.
"Not sure who she was," said Williams, "but she was motioning to me that the gentleman was still inside his house."
"I heard a pop," said Denver Joe McMath, "and it just blew up."
McMath, he's been using a wheel chair for half a century, but didn't want to leave the burning home without his crutches.
"It was getting so smokey," said McMath, "I couldn't see."
"It appeared to be a kitchen fire and they contained the fire damage to the kitchen area," said Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department.
Garner says the fire started around 9:00am this morning, while McMath was heating up some grease on the stove.
"I went to find a blanket or something to put over the fire and smother it, but I couldn't find one," said McMath.
That's when a woman who was driving by, only described as having blonde hair, stepped in.
"I'm not sure who she was," said Williams, "but I'd like to thank her for doing what she did."
Williams says the woman stayed around for a few minutes to make sure McMath was OK before getting back in her car and leaving.
"I certainly appreciate you lady," said McMath, "I'd like to thank you."
Neither McMath nor Williams know the woman's name and both say they are thankful she was there and that the fire wasn't any worse.
By Drew Bollea