RANKIN COUNT, MS (WLBT) - A Rankin man is lucky to be alive after firefighters say he was dragged to safety by a stranger.
Responding crews battled high winds and flames that eventually destroyed the home.
"When we got here the roof was coming down," said Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Neal Meadows.
Gusting winds fanned the flames that quickly spread through the house at 198 Andrew Chapel Road northeast of Brandon.
Inside, around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, firefighters said the owner was trapped.
Lampton Love Gas Company truck driver Edwin Harrison was delivering a shipment of propane down the street when he spotted the burning structure.
"I saw the smoke coming out of both ends of the house, and I called it in because I didn't know where anything was at because I was driving a gas truck, and I didn't want to come up here and add more danger in the way," said Harrison.
"There was one individual home. He was pulled from the structure by some passersby, minor injuries to him," said Tommy Steen with the Rankin County Emergency Operations Center.
While the owners identity was not released, Polk is the name that appears on the mailbox.
Firefighters said the rescued man sustained cuts breaking the bedroom window trying to escape.
"He got to the window and smoke had overcome him. He broke the window and a man pulled him out. The guy had got where he couldn't breathe," added Meadows.
Making matters worse, firefighters had to retreat when bullets and ammunition in a front bedroom began exploding.
Responders at the scene the owner was an avid hunter.
Evergreen volunteer firefighters said the man was able to free two small dogs before the roof collapsed.
One dog is still missing.
Brandon, Evergreen and Langford Fire Departments responded.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family who has lost everything.
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