MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Firefighters spent part of Wednesday morning fighting flames in the 900 block of Olympic Street, just south of Vollintine Avenue, in North Memphis.
The fire destroyed one vacant house. Heavy smoke could be seen from WMC Action News 5's Midtown camera.
But the fire caught the attention of Kelly Larry, a good Samaritan, who jumped into action as the home next door went up in flames.
"I was dropping my son off at school," said Larry, "I seen the smoke from the expressway."
Larry didn't see any firefighters in the area as she pulled up, and the flames were growing. She says she didn't think, she just started to help.
"The fire was so intense you seeing it spreading to the other house so we ended up knocking and beating on the door and we finally got one person up," said Larry.
Joyce Talley's duplex next door was burned in the fire. But she says she was sound asleep and may have not have escaped if it weren't for the banging on her door.
"It scared me for a minute because it could have come on my side. I might not have been here right today had it not been for those people," said Joyce Talley.
While some hail Larry a hero, she says she just did the right thing.
"I hope somebody do it for me one day if I just so happen to be in this situation, but that was really crazy because she did not know the house next door was on fire," said Larry.
The Memphis Fire Department has not determined the cause of the fire.
If you know anything that can help fire investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.