A good Samaritan walking near a home in San Diego County's Fallbrook neighborhood as a fire broke out heard an elderly woman screaming and ran inside to save her, fire officials told NBC 7 San Diego.
Firefighters responded to a call for a significant house fire around 3:15 p.m. on the 2900 block of Rainbow Valley Boulevard, said North County Fire spokesman John Buchanan.
When crews pulled up on scene, they heard a woman screaming from inside the house as flames burst from the roof.
Firefighters geared up and went inside, but before they could find the woman, Buchanan said, a man came out of the house with the homeowner.
The woman, in her 80s and believed to be the only occupant of the home, was taken to the burn center with life-threatening injuries.
When officials spoke with the man who helped her out, they learned he had just been walking by the home when he heard the woman screaming. He ran into the house to save her, fire officials said, and left shortly after saving her. He was not injured by the fire.
The raging blaze took crews one hour to put out, Buchanan said.
The house's damages totaled about $250,000.
No further information was immediately available.