PEARL, MS (WLBT) - A Pearl man and his neighbor are being credited for saving an elderly couple from a burning home.
The fire happened Sunday night at 140 Patton Drive in Pearl. Jerry Shields was just returning home when he say the blaze.
"I saw flames coming out by the door. I immediately ran up to the door and asked if anybody was home a woman screamed her husband was in the back and someone needed to come in there and do something about it," said Jerry.
Without thinking, Jerry ran into the burning structure, feeling his way through the heat and dark plumes, his lungs filling with smoke, with every breath.
"It was like teargas in your eyes it was like breathing through a wet wash cloth you couldn't breathe at all. You can't see two feet in front of you it feels like the heats all around you it radiates through the smoke you can't tell what direction the flames are coming in," said Shields.
Shields broke several windows trying to get some of the smoke out of the house,,, and at the last minute help arrived.
"Some other people showed up in the middle of all this and helped me bring him out safely out here to the driveway" said Shields.
Firefighters who arrived minutes after the elderly homeowners were pulled out say if it weren't for the two heroes, this could have been tragic.
Assistant Fire Chief Brad Thornton says, "These two gentlemen really stepped up to the plate and did what they had to truly save a life."
The elderly couple Lance and Patty Townsend were treated for minor injuries and then released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.