DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An upstairs window of a fire-damaged home was broken well before the flames could get to it.
A man sitting across the street saw smoke and flames pouring out of a home on North Horton Street.
He also saw a father on the front lawn desperate to put out the fire.
“When he told me his kid was in there, I was like we have to go up on the roof and get him,” said Harry Fisher, Jr.
A day later, Fisher continues to run the scenario through his mind from his hospital bed in the burn center at Miami Valley Hospital.
Recovering from back injuries and smoke inhalation, Fisher still can not believe how the scenario played out Friday afternoon.
“The wind was just blowing the flames everywhere,” said Fisher. “By the time I got across the street, the fire was going upside the house and going inside the windows.”
That is when Fisher and the father rushed to help help a 12-year-old boy trapped upstairs.
After climbing onto the first-story roof, Fisher immediately found the boy on the other side of a window.
“We busted the window out,” said Fisher. “When we pulled him out, my eyes watered up. Just to see that he was still alive, it was awesome.”
Fisher cradled the boy and moved slowly down the roof until part of it collapsed.
The two fell as Fisher took most of the impact with his body.
The boy was treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
It was a matter of minutes, Fisher describes, knowing any hesitation could have been disastrous.
“I’m just thankful that God put me there to help someone and save their life,” said Fisher.
The father and Fisher met face-to-face Saturday morning as they both shared the same hallway in the burn center.
Fisher is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.