(Trends Wide) — A man who lost his family in a fire 20 years ago is being hailed as a hero for saving a woman from the flames that swept through his home.
Mark Collum, a commercial fisherman in Rowley, Massachusetts, sprang into action Sunday when he heard the call for help.
“I heard ‘Fire! Fire!’ and I just put my clothes on and in reaction I saw her in the kitchen hanging around, “Collum told Trends Wide affiliate WCVB.
“I just grabbed her and pulled her out. I had a bit of smoke in my lungs, so did she, so we took her outside and things worked out. Thank God,” added the man, now hailed as a hero.
Authorities are still unclear about what caused the fire.
Trends Wide was unable to reach Collum on Monday.
Collum told WCVB that the fire still resonates with him after he lost his wife, Lisa, and their two girls, 3 years and 5 months old.
In 2001, they were trapped on the third floor of their Ipswich apartment house during a fire, according to a Boston Herald article.
Lisa dropped the baby out of the window in an attempt to save her, but the baby died in the hospital, he said. Herald. The Ipswich fire marshal said at the time that firefighters did not see a fire escape.
Mark Collum was not home at the time of that fire, WCVB reported.