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Man rescues Vietnam veteran from burning home

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A Vietnam veteran says he is grateful to be alive after his mobile home caught fire.

70-year old Fred Steven managed to escape his North Liberty home Monday afternoon, unharmed thanks to a neighbor, Jerry McBride who pulled him out of his burning home.

McBride says he first heard a loud boom, before realizing Steven's home was in flames.

"I'm just grateful he's alive," said McBride. "There was no thinking, no nothing, I just acted. There was nothing about me, nothing about my safety, it was all about him."

Steven has to have an oxygen machine running at all times because he has problems breathing.

There were nearly 40 oxygen tanks that blew up inside, making the flames more intense.

"I don't care what anyone says, yes I was scared and hot," said Steven.

McBride says the flames quickly became so hot and so intense, without question he knew he had to get inside to get Steven.

By the time McBride made it, Steven was at his door with his coat covered in flames.

"I instantly saw flames shooting over Fred's roof, 8-10 feet over his roof," said McBride. "He was on the second step of his deck with flames shooting out behind him, out his front door. "Heat and fizzling got so intense, I put myself between him and the flames.

Unfortunately the flames overtook everything.

Fred's mobile home is a total loss and the heat was so harsh, his car also melted.

However, Steven says he's so grateful McBride rushed to his side, so he can now tell the story of how he saved his life.

Investigators are still looking into exactly what caused the fire.

The American Red cross is helping Steven find a temporary place to stay.

If you'd like to help Steven by giving donations email Jerry McBride:

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