Aug 16, 2012 11:42 PM by Andy Koen
A Colorado Springs man helped rescue an 86-year-old widow from her burning home Thursday morning. It happened shortly after sunrise at a home in the 3400 block of Lone Feather Drive just east of the city.
Guy Bergstraser was on his way to work when he spotted something flickering in the distance. He headed toward it and realized his neighbor's home was on fire.
"I kicked the back door in, it was so smokey I couldn't get in," Guy recalled. "I yelled for Evelyn a few times, couldn't get a hold of her."
Fearing the worst, Guy tried to call 911 but couldn't get a cell phone signal. So, he rushed next door and had his neighbor Walt Tabor call. When he came back, he spotted Evelyn.
"She had her head out of the window and I said 'let's get out' and I just pulled her out of there and got her to safety."
Guy says he's no hero. In fact, the ordeal didn't seem to phase him much at all.
"We just walked down the driveway here and Walt and his wife were here already and just took over and I went to work."
Seeing the home now, his bigger worry is for Evelyn who lost so much in the fire.
"She's lucky she got out, that's all I can say."
Though he's too humble to say it himself, she's also lucky that Guy stopped by to help a neighbor in need.
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross has been in touch with Evelyn and provided her with some immediate necessities. Spokesperson Catherine Barde says they will follow up with her in the days ahead to try and get her in contact with the proper local agencies for any needs she may have.