HOBOKEN — An off-duty volunteer firefighter was in the right place at the right time Tuesday when he saw smoke at a house on Church Street here, hurried to the house and rescued a man who was asleep inside, said Brantley County Sheriff’s Department Investigator John Simpson.
The fire started outside the house between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. and spread to the house.
“The volunteer fireman, John Herrin, noticed the smoke, went to the yard and broke out a window,” said Simpson. “Inside he found the sleeping man and helped him to safety.”
The occupant of the house, Brian Greene, whose age was not available, was helped out of the house and to safety by Herrin. He was not injured in the fire, Simpson said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators were to respond to the scene this morning to begin an investigation.
Witnesses to the fire said they heard an explosion, but it was thought that the explosion occurred after the fire got to the house.
“The house was already engulfed prior to the explosion,” said a witness on the scene. “This man is lucky to be alive.”
Firefighters from several Brantley County fire stations responded to the scene. They cleared the scene about 7 p.m.