WEST UNION, Ohio -- An 80-year-old bedridden man was rescued Sunday night after a fire turned his West Union home to rubble.
Authorities said rescue crews were unable to navigate the narrow roads near the home on State Route 247 due to Sunday’s winter storm.
But Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Mills managed to arrive at the house in his Humvee.
"I have a fire going like mad. It is all over my old house,” the elderly man's wife said to dispatchers in a 911 call.
When Mills arrived, he said the home was engulfed in flames.
“When I got there, the wife of the male came outside and told me that he was still inside,” Mills said.
Without fire protection, Mills ran into the burning building.
“I didn't really even think about it,” Mills said. “I just worried about getting him outside of the residence.”
Mills then took the 80-year-old man and his mattress off his bed frame, and pulled both out of the home.
When fire trucks arrived, they were unable to cross a narrow wooden bridge – the only access to the burning home.
They then released more than 300 feet of hose to reach the residence.
Despite so many factors working against them, Mills said no one was injured, and the man and wife were resting comfortably Monday.
The home was totaled – and more than 12 hours later, flames could still be seen in the rubble.