Woman helps elderly man in danger from fire

Woman helps elderly man in danger from fire
VANCOUVER, Wash. - A Vancouver woman risked her own life to help a neighbor after a fire broke out at an apartment complex Saturday night.

It happened at the Teal Pointe Apartments at 10405 N.E. 9th Ave.

Lizette Araque was visiting her parents when they heard some commotion. They looked outside and saw a second-story apartment up in flames.

Araque, a nursing student, immediately ran to help an elderly man who was hooked up to oxygen. She said she knew from her training that people with oxygen tanks and fires don't mix so she took off his oxygen and stayed with him until paramedics arrived.

She also checked to see if anyone else needed help.

"I was pretty concise about my thought process, just about getting anybody out and getting them safe," she said. "I didn't have time to think about myself. Just not something I do, I guess."

The elderly man was taken to the hospital but there was no word on his condition.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday.