NEW INFO: Good Samaritans Save Blind Woman From Fire

Two good Samaritans are being credited for saving the life of a blind woman whose home was on fire.

The fire broke out around 10:50 a.m. at a home on Cal Jones Road, that's near the Calico community of Pitt County.

Relatives of Ann Vandiford, who has been legally blind since she was 17, say two people passing by saw the fire. One of them, who used to be a volunteer firefighter, helped the 64-year-old woman off the back porch and to safety. The two left without giving their names.

Her family says Vandiford was slightly injured, with her hair singed by the fire. They say she tried to put out the fire in the house that's over 100 years old, but couldn't.

It is believed the home is a total loss and there's no immediate word on how it started.


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  • by me Location: bath on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    what is the big deal the woman is alive some people carry things to far God bless her
  • by eric here on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Sweet a good story for a change, and blind not blind it was still a selfless act. Not many people these days r willing to help a stranger like the guy that was stabbed, I think up in New York, in front of an atm and bleed to death over several hours as people just walked by.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    Yes, an amen to what Teacher posted.
  • by CritterLover on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    @Teacher--APPLAUSE!!!!!!
  • by Shelley Location: Choco on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    WOW! There ARE still some good people out there!!! I'm glad the woman was able to get out safely, and I'm sorry for the loss of her home.
  • by Adrienne Location: Pantego on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    I'm so glad to see more comments spot on about the legally blind/blind issue. If this were a relative of yours, would you be so nit-picking? Good people help others without hesitating. Nuff said.
  • by Teacher on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    "Little children, let us love, neither in word nor with the tongue, but in deed and truth" 1 John 3:18
  • by debra Location: ayden on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Thanks to wonderful people who saved Ann today.Not only her family but a community is much in your gratitude for this action. Ann may have limitation but she is much loved by everyone around her. Anyone that knows Ann knows that she truely is a wonderful person Her greatest love in life is her family and her church family. She never misses a Sunday singing in the church choir.She may not drive but if someone close by is sick if is she is able to she will walk to your house to check on them. So if you care think of the person not whether she is blind or legally blind. think of her as a really loving and nice person
  • by BJ FIREMAN Location: CALICO on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    IM SORRY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF PROPERTY THANK GOD NO ONE WAS INJURED
  • by Mom Location: NC on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    To anyman - WHAT?
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