MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro man is being credited with trying to save his neighbor's life when her mobile home was taken over by flames on Saturday afternoon.
Investigators said 71-year-old Margarite Autrey was home alone at 1706 North Tennessee Boulevard when the fire broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday.
"I kicked in the door and I could see her two or three feet in front of the door. I couldn't pull her out," said Jose Hernandez about his failed rescue attempt.
Jose tried to enter the burning mobile home on North Tennessee Boulevard at least two or three times, but the smoke and flames were just too much.
"I tried to help but I couldn't," he added.
Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said that firefighters were called to the mobile home park and found heavy smoke and flames pouring from the home. They believe the fire started in the living room.
"Crews did a fantastic job extinguishing the fire quickly," said Shift Commander Daryl Alexander.
Neighbors said Autrey was sick and was likely not able to escape the fire. Investigators said one other person who wasn't home was displaced by the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.