- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - A man who helped his neighbor escape flames that destroyed a mobile home in eastern Iowa says he’s no hero.

Jerry McBride Jr. says he merely answered a call of duty in aiding 71-year-old Fred Steven.

Steven says he awoke from a nap Monday afternoon to find that tubes from his oxygen tank were on fire inside his North Liberty home. Oxygen tanks began exploding by the time he reached a doorway.

McBride says he found Steven just outside the home, with his coat aflame. McBride says he used his body to shield Steven from the flaming home, pulled off Steven’s coat and then helped him get away from the intense heat and other danger.

Neither man was injured. Fire officials are investigating the fire cause.

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