MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The flames pouring out from a house along Deer Trail Lane in Westwood were so intense it made the night sky look like day.
"After we saw all the smoke coming out of the vents, we knew the house was on fire," neighbor Larry Dockery said.
Fast asleep inside the home was an elderly woman and her adult son. Rescuing their neighbors is why Larry Dockery and another man put themselves in harm’s way.
- 12-year-old hospitalized after being shot in North Memphis
- Brave neighbor saves woman and son from burning home
- Rumors of nationwide blackouts cause mass hysteria on social media
- Gun found in local middle school bathroom, 2 charged
"We ran over and kicked the door in," Dockery explained. "He came running out yelling 'please get her out, get her out, get her out.'"
The 72-year-old woman was trapped as the ferocious flames quickly spread. A wall of smoke made things worse, as it became nearly impossible to see inside the burning home.
"We were hollering her name as loud as we could; waiting to hear her voice," Dockery recalled.
Her cry for help never came, however, Dockery did see--amid the thick smoke--something that led to an amazing rescue.
"Finally, we just saw the little white socks. We went towards the white socks," Dockery told FOX13. "We grabbed her and brought her out."
"We are thankful for what the neighbor did," Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke said. "They potentially saved their lives."
At sunup, you could really see the damage from the unrelenting fire that destroyed everything in its path.
"The fire advanced throughout the structure, through the attic area," Lt. Cooke said. "Because of the safety of our firefighters, we did pull them out."
The 48 emergency responders were forced to tackle the fire from the outside as the roof and several walls collapsed. Crews said there were several additions to the home, and it worked as fuel to the fire.
The elderly woman sustained a minor burn to her hand. No firefighters were injured.
Damages are estimated at $112,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
© 2018 Cox Media Group.