76-year-old woman saves neighbors from burning home

A 76-year-old woman is being hailed as a hero after saving her neighbors from a burning home Monday in Chula Vista, Calif.

According to KGTV, Marty was arriving home when she noticed the flames coming from her neighbor’s house and rushed to help.

She first started banging on the side of the mobile home, hoping to get the family inside to evacuate.

“I went running over and I started pounding on the side, getting their attention, because the doors were closed and they were in there,” Marty said according to WRDW.

When a man came out of the home and said there was a woman still inside, Marty crawled into the home to find her neighbor.

“I was able to crawl in a little, and I’m saying maybe 3 feet, you don’t do very much at my age,” Marty said.

Through thick smoke, Marty was able to find the woman and pull her by her clothes, forcing the two of them to fall back outside, KGTV reports.

“I managed to touch her ankle, so I was able to stand up and grab her clothes, because you just grab into thin air,” She said. “And then when you’ve got something, you pulled it, and so both of us fell back outside and then down the stairs.”

According to KGTV, Marty and the neighbors she rescued were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and have since been released.

Chula Vista Fire Department extinguished the fire before it could spread to other properties.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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