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VIDEO: Neighbor & Dearborn Police rescue woman from fire

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 18:17:31-05

Dearborn Police, with the help of a neighbor, rescued a woman from her burning home. 

Their acts of heroism were all captured on body cameras.

The fire happened last Tuesday at a house on Denwood, near Telegraph and Ford.  

A neighbor tells 7 Action News he smelled smoke, looked outside, and saw his neighbor’s house on fire. He ran in one door, could see the 61-year-old woman in another room, but couldn’t get to her.

“The smoke was so thick,” said Gino Alhaj, the neighbor who rushed to help.  “It made you feel like you were going to pass out.”

Dearborn Police got to the house moments before firefighters. 

Gino Alhaj and police then busted through a window to get to his neighbor and pull her out of the house.

“When I saw her on the ground, I thought she was dead, you know. But we could hear her breathing heavy a little bit. I looked at her body, it was bruises, no burns,” said Alhaj.

They rushed her to the ambulance at the corner.

“As soon as we got to the corner, all the flames came out,” said Alhaj of the house fire.

“Clearly the subject of this recovery here is still in the hospital,” said Chief Ronald Haddad, of the Dearborn Police Department. “But they now have a fighting chance for recovery.”

The fire victim’s brother-in-law says she is still in ICU, but making progress.  

She spoke for the first time since the fire on Monday.

“They are heroes,” said Keith Miazgowski, the victim’s brother-in-law.