Amanda Raus, Chris Podosek
Neighbors, firefighters and people passing by help save a couple from their burning home
A neighbor and a firefighter rescued a Mystic couple from a house fire this morning.
The fire broke out at 392 Noank Road in Mystic before 10 a.m. and neighbors who saw it called for help.
"I looked out the window and saw huge flames coming out the back, which is their family room, and I just thought, I'd better call 911," said Jane Francis, who lives next door.
Neighbors saw the couple trapped on the back deck and the male resident yelled the garage door code to a neighbor, who sprang into action and opened the door so the man could escape.
Firefighters rescued the woman from the deck. A dog also made it out safely.
The couple is OK. Officials said they were sleeping when the fire broke out.
The State Police Fire Marshal's Office is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
"There's no reason to believe that it's anything other than accidental," said Mystic Fire Chief Fritz Hilbert.
The house is heavily damaged, especially in back.
"It was kind of like a sunroom, or den, off the rear of the house, and that has a lot of structural damage, but the house is pretty heavily damaged throughout," said Hilbert.
The couple is staying with relatives in town, Hilbert said.