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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bush Street fire injures three
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - An Escambia County man went into a burning home to save the lives of an elderly couple this morning. All three of them were hospitalized. One of them, an 87 year-old woman, is in critical condition.
The fire broke out on the 2100 block of Bush Street just before 6 a.m.
The inside of the home was gutted by the flames. As bad as it is, the situation could have been much worse if it weren't for a man named Randy Booth, who lives just across the street.
"The neighbor's a real hero. Without him I'd be burying my in-laws," said Daniel Minton, who feared the worst when he heard the home of his 92 year-old father in-law and 87 year-old mother in-law had caught fire .
'I just wanted to know that they got out alive," Minton said.
Minton rushed over from his home a few miles away and saw the house in flames. His mother and father in-law were being treated on the front lawn next to the man who saved them.
"Fortunately, the neighbor had got up for his morning coffee and looked across the street and seen it and he ran over here to get 'em out," Minton said, "My father-in-law was better than my mother-in-law was. She's not nearly as mobile as him, so Randy had to physically drag her out of the house."
The couple and the neighbor, Randy Booth, were hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation.
"He's okay. He's able to talk, fight, you know argue. Things that dads do," said Frances Lambert, Booth's daughter.
Lambert and her young children live just down the street. They say they were frightened when they heard Booth had gone into the burning home.
"I saw a lot of smoke and it was hard to see," said Michael Lambert, a grandson of Booth's, "I was like, oh, man, I hope he doesn't get killed."
"I couldn't see my dad at that point," said Frances, "My mom couldn't find him either. And we were both trying to find him."
Booth's daughter and grandkids were extremely relieved when they finally saw him.
"I'm blessed that he was there to help them. I'm very proud of him," Frances said.
"He's a hero," said Michael, "He is...He has been a dad to me."
West Florida hospital says the woman who had been living at the home, Mrs. Denham, is in critical condition. Her husband is in guarded condition. Randy Booth is in fair condition.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.