Neighbors, Cop Rescue Woman from Burning Home

The fire sent one woman to the hospital and left four people without a place to stay

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:32 PM PDT
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Neighbors, Cops Rescue Woman From Fire

San Diego police officer Diana Hodges tells NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about being in the right place at the right time in order to rescue a woman from a fiery blaze.

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When fire broke out inside a San Carlos home, a police officer and several neighbors rushed in to save a paraplegic woman. Resident Diana Bandak, the woman's sister, talked with NBC 7's Kelly McPherson.
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Neighbors and a police officer rushed into a house engulfed in flames to rescue a paraplegic woman still inside.

A cousin sleeping inside the home on Jackson Drive noticed the fire around 1:30 a.m. and woke up the rest of the family which included Diana Bandak, her sister who lives with MS and her mother who lives with Alzheimer's.

Bandak said she called 911 but could not leave the bedside of her sister.

When a San Diego police officer arrived, he asked for help from two neighbors to get Bandak's sister out of the home.

They had to go through a window where Bandak inside waited with her sister.

"They're amazing," Bandak said. "They're our angels."

The sister was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another neighbor opened their home so the mother could sleep inside.

Bandak said her neighborhood is "the most fantastic neighborhood I've ever lived in."

The San Diego chapter of the American Red Cross will help the family find lodging.

Firefighters told Bandak the cause of the fire was an overloaded outlet.

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