- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Police say four bystanders broke out a window and pulled an injured man from his burning home in Decatur.

Multiple news outlets report 53-year-old Richard Draper’s grill turned over and caught his house on fire Wednesday afternoon. Draper’s neighbors Wayne Pullum and Cody Sledge, along with Jackie Stracener and another man, pulled Draper to safety.

Draper is being treated in a Birmingham burn unit for burns to 20 percent of his body.

Draper’s sister, who shares the home but wasn’t there at the time of the blaze says she is thankful the men risked their safety to help her brother. She said the family’s dog, two cockatiels and a fish died.

Fire officials have not yet released details regarding the cause of the blaze.


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