Son saves father from overnight house fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Son saves father from overnight house fire

It was an emotional story of love and courage Thursday morning when a son rescued his father from a burning home.

The dramatic rescue happened early Thursday morning in Orange Mound.  Joseph Brittmon woke up with only seconds to realize that his house was on fire and he needed to get his parents and sister out fast.

His quick action is the reason his family members are alive.

Brittmon woke up to the flames. As he ran upstairs to warn other family members, the flames were right behind him.

"The only thing I was thinking about was getting them out of the house. That was the only thing that was on my mind. That was it," he said.

Brittmon's mother and sister were able to make it out on their own. But his father is disabled and on oxygen. Getting him out suddenly became a life and death decision.

"Then my father fell, so I had to drag him of the door," Brittmon said.

John Griffin said he was asleep when his son ran in yelling about the fire. Now, he said, thinks of his son as a hero. However, Brittmon said he just did what any son would do when his father's life is in danger.

"I ain't going to say I was no hero, I just did what I was supposed to do," Brittmon said.

The fire destroyed practically everything the family owned, but Brittmon and his relatives said they are glad everyone got out safely.

"As far as the clothes, all that was in the house. I'm not even worried about that. You can get that all over again. You can't get another life over again. Though I'm just glad I was able to get everybody out in time," Brittmon said.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with shelter, clothing, and food.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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