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Plow driver explains how he helped residents escape Waterford fire

February 19, 2019 07:10 PM

WATERFORD -- Aaron Gagliardi began his shift at 1 a.m.  About an hour later, he happened to be clearing the road on Route 4 in Waterford. 

"I was driving southbound and I saw a glow.  I didn't think anything of it at first and then I was just like, it's weird, so I looked again.  I slowed down and I saw this big blaze about five foot by five foot, and I was like, 'Whoa, the house is on fire,'" said Gagliardi. 

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He says the fire was on the front porch.  First, he called 911, and then he rushed over to help. 

He saw a light on on the first floor.

"When I originally got to the window and I saw that the woman was inside, first I yelled to see if I could get her attention.  She didn't seem to hear," he said.  "So at that time, I ended up banging on the window as hard as I could without breaking it. And I yelled out, 'Your house is on fire.'" 

He says he saw her go out the back with two dogs. He joined her in alerting the people in the upstairs apartment.  Everyone was able to get out safely. 

The fire spread quickly. Firefighters say when they arrived, the front of the house was fully engulfed in flames. 

Gagliardi is credited with helping to save lives. 

"I didn't think of it that way," he said.  "I was worried that people were going to end up getting hurt.  I just thought to myself that any good person that saw that would try to do whatever they could to make sure that everybody was okay."

Credits

Kumi Tucker

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