Florida Man Saves Elderly Woman From Burning Home, Fights Fire

Not all heroes wear capes and not all Florida man headlines are insane.

From CBS/Miami:

According to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue, Potrzuski put on a re-breather mask he uses for his job as a pest control technician and rushed next door with a fire extinguisher in hand.

Image credit: Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

He located the fire in the kitchen dishwasher and began fighting the flames.

By the time emergency responders arrived, they said most of the fire was put out and Potrzuski and his elderly neighbor were safely outside.

Fire crews ventilated the remaining smoke out of the house and removed the dishwasher.

“Mr. Potrzuski‘s swift actions likely contributed to the homeowners safe escape and minimized damages to the home from the fire. This situation clearly emphasizes the importance for homeowners to not only have working smoke alarms in their home, but fire extinguishers as well,” said a spokesperson for BSO Fire. “These important life-saving tools can be the difference between life and death. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.”

When crews asked Potrzuski about the importance of having a personal fire extinguisher, he said, “Definitely have one, you definitely should have one. This one, I think is about 30-years old, but it still worked fine.”

Fire officials said Potrzuski told them the next thing he was going to do was “head to Costco to get a new fire extinguisher.”

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