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Good Samaritans save elderly Ohio woman trapped in house fire

LORAIN, Ohio – Some good Samaritans risked their own lives to an older woman who is trapped in a Lorain duplex.

Joshua Ellis and Ben Hogan happened to be the drive of Elyria Avnue Monday morning around 11:50 p.m. when they noticed the upper level of a split house was engulfed in flames.

Witnesses say a woman, later identified as 77-year-old Ramona Otero, was hanging out of a window to call for help.

A man named Felix Ortiz was trying to reach her, but could not reach the roof.

Immediately, Joshua and Ben 911, stopped their car and ran to help, even if the fast-moving flames began consuming the house.

The men formed a human ladder, climb up to the second level by means of a rocky overhang, and then broke a window to pull Otero.

“It was an intense,” said Elli., “I was not thinking of nothing, but to free her from the roof.”

Lorain firefighters quickly responded within a few minutes of the original call and supervised the men as they lowered Otero on the ground.

Assistant Chief Roy Cochran, says they could all be seriously injured or worse.

“You surely do not recommend anyone do this,” said Chief Cochran. “Very easily could have flashed and she and the woman would have been wrapped in a big ball of fire. But luckily none of that happened and I am glad that they were there to give her a hand.”

Otero was also very grateful, but Joshua and I say they are actually grateful that they happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“When it’s done and over with and reality is, it is very humbling,” said Hogan. “Makes you very grateful, I am grateful that I could help.”

This story first appeared in Fox 8 Cleveland.

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