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Amanda Butterfield Reporting"It was so overwhelming just to go to the front door because the flames were right next to your face."
But that didn't stop a group of men from breaking into a house filled with flames to save the man trapped inside. The man just couldn't make it out before the flames took over.
Not much is left of the house; by the looks of it you can imagine how intense the fire was. Fortunately for the man trapped inside, his neighbor saw the flames early.
Dan Vina, Neighbor: "I saw it out the corner of my window."
Dan Vina called 9-1-1 when he noticed flames coming from his neighbors house. He knew his neighbor was stuck inside so he and some other men ran to the front door to try and get him out.
Dan Vina: "It was so overwhelming just to go to the front door because the flames were right next to your face."
That’s when Ryan Eyre happened to be driving by and had another idea.
Ryan Eyre: "I saw a side window, broke window, called the guy toward me. Couple guys helped and we dragged him out."
Dan Vina: "He was delirious, cut up, skin burned in areas.”
Jeffrey Thomas, Battalion Chief, SLC Fire Department: "He's in serious condition, hospitalized for treatment."
Soon after the man was out of the house fire fighters got there.
Jeffrey Thomas: "When crews arrived there were flames through the roof, panic and choas everywhere."
But crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes and from power lines above.
Jeffrey Thomas: "Of course wet stuff and electrical stuff is a bad combination when you're a firefighter."
The house is a loss, but there was no loss of life.
Jeffrey Thomas: "Kudos to those rescuers who went in and risked to save lives of fellow man."
No word on what caused the fire, it's still under investigation. Police have not released the name of the victim, he's in hospital.