A Wethersfield man was credited Monday with helping his 91-year-old next door neighbor out of his burning home.
Dave Obedzinski said he was just in the right place at the right time and is not a hero.
Obedzinski had just gotten back to his home on Bittersweet Hill at about 11:30 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from the home owned by 91-year-old Joe Parracino.
As Obedzinski walked across his neighbor's lawn, he noticed the front door to the home was open. He called to his neighbor, but there was no answer.
"Then I yelled it again then I heard him open up the door from the foyer to the garage," Obedzinski said.
The smoke in the home was getting thick and Obedzinski said he knew he was running out of time.
"Finally, I convinced him to get close enough to me, got a hold of him and we walked out the door," Obedzinski said.
Parracino, who is a recent widower, was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. The man who survived the invasion at Normandy during World War II is expected to be OK.
Obedzinski was not injured by the smoke or the flames.
Shortly after exiting the home, firefighters arrived and knocked the fire down quickly.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the fire marshal is looking at the cars in the garage as the possible cause of the fire.
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