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Man rescued from burning home

Irondequoit, N.Y. - Firefighters had to carry an elderly man out of his burning home on Simpson Road Wednesday morning.

A neighbor saw the flames coming out of the window just before 6 a.m. The man who was rescued was on an oxygen tank which may have prohibited him from leaving on his own.

Firefighters David Kasanov, St. Paul Blvd Fire Department, and Mike Napoli, Ridge Culver Fire Department, led the rescue effort.

When they got to the scene, they found a woman outside covered in soot saying her husband was still inside.

Turns out, a good samaritan, who was a former firefighter, was already inside trying to save the husband.

Napoli said, "As we were going into the building we saw some feet that were dangling close to the door so we grabbed onto the feet and pulled the body out turned out to be the body of a good Samaritan helping in the house."

That good samaritan was not seriously hurt.

The firefighters moved into the building and looked for the elderly man. They said the smoke was the biggest challenge.

"There wasn't much you could do because that house was fully charged with smoke," said Kasanov.

"We were in a situation where my partner was four feet in front of me and I had no idea where he was only by voice," said Napoli.

They found the man in a smoke-filled corner of the home where the fire may have started.

"He was conscious. He told us 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe' so like I said we got him right out," said Kasanov.

Fire investigators said the elderly man suffered severe smoke inhalation, and 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

Ambulance crews are credited with keeping him alive on the way to the hospital.

"His heart did stop on the way," said Chief Bill Dyrland, St. Paul Blvd Fire Department. "He was revived and last I knew he was breathing. They were actually able to talk with him."

Neighbors tell us the husband's name is Adolf Kurth and he is about 70. Kurth is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Kurth's wife, Charla, went to the hospital in critical condition. Investigators did not have an update on her conidition.

The fire is still under investigation. They believe it started in the front corner of the home where Kurth was found.

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