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Elderly blind man rescued from fire

FELLSMERE, Fla. - Patrick Sullivan looks on in disbelief at the place in Fellsmere he once called home.

“I just don’t know why it even had to happen," Sullivan said dejectedly.


Four people were living at the home off 130th Avenue when it caught fire Monday just before 4 a.m.  Three people rushed out but the homeowner did not.

“So I went back inside to find him.  When I came back in, the whole room was engulfed in black smoke.  I had to get down real low to find him and he was standing near the door where the fire was," said Sullivan.

Sullivan grabbed 82 year-old Alonzo Sharp and got him outside.

“Right now he’s in an Orlando burn center and he has burns on his face and his hands," said Sharp's brother Morris Thomas.

Sharp’s brother is grateful someone helped, especially since he says his brother Alonzo, is blind.

“This is not as bad as it could have been if it wasn’t for the man pulling him out," said Thomas.

Fire investigators have yet to release an official cause of the fire, but those who lived at the home say they believe a candle left unattended may be to blame.

For Sullivan and his wife, who had just recently moved here, they are now back to square one.

“Now we have to start over again. That’s the way it is.”

Both Alonzo Sharp, and the other person who suffered burns in the fire are expected to recover. 

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