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Man saved from house fire in Jonesboro, IL

(Source: Asst. Fire Chief Kevin Tucker/Jonesboro Fire Department) (Source: Asst. Fire Chief Kevin Tucker/Jonesboro Fire Department)
(Source: Asst. Fire Chief Kevin Tucker/Jonesboro Fire Department) (Source: Asst. Fire Chief Kevin Tucker/Jonesboro Fire Department)

A group of friends pulled a Jonesboro, Illinois man from his burning home on Christmas Eve.

Bruce Ford, 41, was sleeping when his home along Airport Road in rural Jonesboro, Illinois caught fire just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Brady Cerney, 26, of Jonesboro, said he and his four friends just happen to be driving by when they saw the home on fire. He called it a right place, right time situation.

“We pull up a little bit closer and we realize the house was on fire," Cerney said.

“We just woke him up. He was definitely a little bit frazzled. I know Cody over here starts trying to make sure he gets all of his valuables out of the house. We start grabbing all the pictures, all the personal stuff that he has.”

Cody Tellor, of Anna, Matt Gooden, of Anna, Ryan Mays, of Anna, and Jordan Schott, of Jonesboro, also helped to save the man.

“When we realized we shouldn’t be in there any longer is when we saw the piece from the garage of the house fall down into the house," Cerney said. ”

“Really though it was just natural instinct. You see a house on fire that late at night I mean typically, most people right, their not going to be awake through that. I mean if it would have been five or 10 minutes later too, smoke would have probably knocked him out. I mean the smoke was thick when we walked in.”

“It’s really not anything about us being heroes or do anything that you wouldn’t typically do. It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Right place right time.”

Ford offered a thank you to the young men for waking him up and saving him.

He and his 11-year-old son lost everything in the fire. Donations can be sent to the Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Tamms, Illinois.

The 11-year-old boy wears boy size 14-16 for clothes and a size 7 shoe. The father wears 32x32 pants, large shirts, and size 11 shoes.

Firefighters are still investigating:

Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in Union County around 2:30 a.m. om Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2015. 

According to Jonesboro Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Tucker, a passerby was the first to see the fire burning in a garage at a home in the 800 block of Airport Rd.

Tucker reports the passerby alerted the homeowner that his garage was on fire.

The homeowner was the only one home and was able to get out safely.

Tucker says the fire spread to the rest of the home.

The house is a complete loss.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out by 5:45 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Anna Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene.

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