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Northport fire captain recounts pulling co-worker to safety during house fire

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Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -

Thursday, FOX6 News speaks to a Northport firefighter who pulled a fellow firefighter to safety after they fell through the floor of a burning home.

Seth Stamps and Captain Jerry Pruitt are recovering from injuries sustained while battling a house fire at 19th Street and 22nd Avenue.

Firefighter Seth Stamps fell through the floor first and Captain Jerry Pruitt then heard Stamps scream for help. Seconds later as Pruitt was trying to find Stamps, the floor gave way and he fell about eight feet into the basement.

"It rotated me over. About eight feet later when my shoulder finally hit the ground it went from a couple of hundred degrees to it felt like an inferno," Pruitt said.

Pruitt found himself trapped too but thanks to his training, he was able to get himself and Stamps to safety. He found a fire hose that he used to stop some of the slames. Then, Pruitt was able to pull Stamps and himself to safety.

Pruitt says he's not a hero. He did it becuase that's what he promised he would do when he signed up for the job nearly 16 years ago.

"All I was doing was continuing my job to take care of my men and to get [Stamps] out," Pruitt said.

A day after the fire, Pruitt acknowledges the situation could have been much worse.

"If I wasn't there...If I didn't hear him where would we be at right now. It's a blessing. God was there for both of us and we're both alive," Pruitt said.

Officials say the family living at the home was able to safely escape.

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