GLENDORA, Calif. (KTLA) — An elderly man was rescued by some Good Samaritans from a house fire in Glendora on Thursday night, but his wife did not survive.
The fire broke out around 11:20 p.m. in the 950 block of E. Cypress Avenue.
An elderly couple who had been living in the home for more than 40 years were inside by themselves at the time.
“We were just inside the house and we could hear someone yelling for help and saying fire,” said neighbor Shane Gramlich.
He and wife staying were staying with her parents next door, and Gramlich ran outside to see what was happening.
The house was engulfed in flames and there was thick black smoke, he said.
He and another neighbor helped get the elderly man out safely. The man then told them that his wife was still trapped inside the house.
“We did what we could and tried to crawl on the ground and go in the house and look for her, but there was so much smoke you could hardly see anything,” Gramlich said.
“We got some hoses and tried to put out the fire, but it was just burning really big and bright,” he said.
The woman died inside the house, authorities said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.