Strangers help pull 90-year-old woman from house fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–A 90-year-old east Columbus woman is alive, thanks to some Good Samaritans who pulled her out of a fire around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

David Moore
David Moore talks with NBC4 Monday.

David Moore and his girlfriend were on the way to a Christmas party when they saw the smoke. A neighbor said the resident might be inside the house on Bryden Road.

Moore, a stranger named Michael Evans, and two other people helped bust down the door. They saw 90-year-old Fannie Ezell through the smoke.

“(We) had to take turns going in and dragging her out,” said Moore, a produce delivery driver. “He got her to about a few feet to the door and I was able from there to get her out onto the lawn.”

By then fire and EMS crews had arrived. Moore and his rescue buddies were quickly cleared by medics and interviewed. Then, it was back on the road for that Christmas party.

“I gave Mike a little pat on the back and said ‘have a Merry Christmas… See ya around,’” Moore said.

Moore says it didn’t really hit him that he’d helped save a life until late that night.

Fannie Ezell’s daughter Willa Walker told NBC4 that she is still in the ICU, but that doctors are hopeful.

“There are some good people around that need to be acknowledged,” Walker said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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