Two people escape house fire near Hanna City thanks to heroic acts from bystanders

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HANNA CITY, Ill. — Two people were able to safely escape a house fire Sunday morning, thanks to a true act of heorism.

The Logan Trivoli Fire Department responded to an involved structure fire at 14025 W Smithville Road in Hanna City around 8:30 a.m.

Two people were inside the home at the time of the fire. 

Assistant Chief Chris Matzke said that dispatch informed them that one person in the house was wheelchair bound. 

That person was pulled out of a bedroom window by a bystander. The other person was able to get out through the front door. 

According to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office: 

Eric Arnold was driving by 14025 W. Smithville Rd when he saw a large amount of smoke coming from the east side of the house. He observed people in the front yard already and could have easily just drove by thinking all was taken care of. Eric stopped and went that extra mile and verified that everyone was out the house. Not everyone was.

Eric and Richard Hess (a local neighbor) started looking for occupants and found a wheelchair bound owner inside. Eric with out regard to his well being broke out the window and jumped into burn building and physically assisted the occupant out the window to Rich.

“The fire seems to have started in the garage area, and continued across the attic area of the house,” Matzke said. 

 At this time, firefighters are not sure what exactly caused the fire, but officials on the scene are appreciative for bystanders help. 

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