Stranger driving by house fire helps rescue residents

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Stranger Driving By House Fire Helps Rescue Residents

CHICAGO (WGN TV) --A man on his way to work spotted a raging fire inside a historic home in Chicago Heights, and risked his life to rescue three people.

Fire consumed the Miller family home this morning on the 300 block of West 16th Street. The stunned family woke up to a wall of searing heat and smoke.

Tyree Miller, Jr was inside the home at the time. Tyree Miller, Sr, was apparently unconscious and had no way out. And his girlfriend Chong Lee Barnes suffered serious burns.

Charles Gluckleder was on his way to work and jumped out of his car to help.

Witnesses say he ran inside the burning wood frame home, directly into the heat and smoke and felt his way around to locate the victims one by one. Gluckleder lead them to, and even called them down the stairs to the front door where others help carry the victims to safety.

Chicago Heights firefighters and paramedics arrived to lend aid and put out the ferocious blaze rushing Miller Sr and his girlfriend to a local hospital. The 88-year-old Miller was quickly airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center burn unit. The Army veteran and retired pipefitter is fighting for his life and remains in the hospital.

Tyree Miller, Jr says no one would have survived if not for the courage of Gluckleder.


Related: See incredible animal rescues below:

12 PHOTOS
Animals being rescued by firefighters
See Gallery
Stranger driving by house fire helps rescue residents
In this photo provided by the Salt Lake City Fire Department, firefighters give oxygen to two cats on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City, through a specially-sized mask designed for felines. The firefighters found the cats after putting out a fire at a house. Three people in the home all got out safely. (Jasen Asay/Salt Lake City Fire Department via AP)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 20: Firefighter Peter Laplace has his hands full with four pit bull puppies rescued from a three-alarm fire that struck two apartment buildings on Webster Ave. in the Bronx. One man died, two women were injured and 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze, which was of undetermined origen., (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - AUGUST 5: A fireman rescues a kitten from the 15 meter depth hole in Gaziantep, southeast region of Turkey on August 5, 2014. (Photo by Kaan Bozdogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A wild boar is held down by firefighters after the animal was rescued from the River Danube in the centre of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, May 27, 2009. The animal that fell into the river as it was running on the embankment was rescued by police officers and firemen, and later taken to a game park just outside Budapest. According to the head of the local hunters' association the number of wild animals appearing in the city is expected to rise as their habitat is growing narrower due to the expanding constructions in the outskirts of Budapest. (AP Photo/MTI, Laszlo Beliczay)
** FILE ** In this Wednesday, April 8, 2009 file photo, a firefighter leads a cow in the village of Fossa, two days after a powerful earthquake struck the Abruzzo region in central Italy, With rescue efforts well under way for the human victims of Italy's devastating earthquake, help started to arrive Thursday, April 9, 2009, for the estimated 2,000 cats and dogs left homeless by the temblor. In addition to beloved pets, agricultural officials were beginning to assess the loss of farm animals. Cavalieri said many sheep and other farm animals were abandoned by fleeing owners and will probably starve to death if they cannot be reached. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, files)
Rider Jay Lipman, top left, tries to calm his horse Phantom as Los Angeles city firefighters and veterinarians prepare to hoist the animal from a Griffith Park hillside in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 10, 1998. Lipman said while they were riding on a park trail the horse spooked, lost its footing and tumbled about 100 yards down the hillside. Lipman had jumped clear near the top of the slope. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Veterinary technician Kellee Matthews (cq), left, and Los Angeles city fire department helicopter crew member Glenn Brine try to calm a horse as firefighters and rescue personel prepare to airlift it out of a muddy catch basin near Sylmar in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley Wednesday, March 11, 1998. Firefighters at rear are digging a trench to facilitate putting a sling around the animal. The horse became trapped in the mud after being ridden into what appeared to be solid ground, but was actually very muddy from the recent rain storms. A helicopter eventually lifted the horse to safety. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
HENAN, CHINA - JULY 11: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT) Firefighters are seen rescuing a sheepherder and his 80 sheeps from a mud flat in Luoyang, Henan on July 11, 2012 in China. A heavy rainstorm trapped the sheepherder and sheeps in mudand the rescue took 4 hours. (Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
DUJIANGYAN, CHINA - JULY 16: (CHINA OUT) Firemen try to rescue an anaesthetized wild giant panda in a tree near a residential area on July 16, 2005 in Dujiangyan of Sichuan Province, southwest China. The female giant panda is about ten years old, it was found near the downtown residential area and climbed up a tree as people chased after it. Experts from the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center successfully rescued the giant panda during an operation with police and firemen. The panda is in good health and experts are investigating where it is from and why it entered the downtown area. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, UNITED STATES: Fireman rescue a dog that was trapped in high water from Hurricane Lili 03 October 2002 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Thousands of coastal residents remained evacuated as a weaker but still worrisome Hurricane Lili crashed into the US Gulf coast, the first hurricane to make landfall in the United states since Irene in 1999. AFP PHOTO/James NIELSEN (Photo credit should read JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ritz, the puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the casualities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday. Noticing the dog had a broken leg, a fireman wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the street., 1944. New York, United States. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners