ROME, N.Y -- Cortland Avenue resident Michael Levesque was walking down his street Friday evening when he noticed smoke coming from his neighbor Jerry's home. Once he saw flames, he yelled to his son to call 911. He and another neighbor, named Marshall, then ran to the home to help.
"I ran to the house and the door was locked, so I was trying to kick it in, and I was screaming his name, 'Jerry, Jerry!'" said Levesque.
Michael told NEWSChannel 2 that his neighbor eventually came down and unlocked the door. He said that he was in the upstairs bathroom when the fire started.
Michael said that his neighbor was coughing and had minor burns, but would not leave the home without his pet.
"I was trying to get him out, but he just wanted his cat. He was in the house for at least five minutes. I mean it felt like five minutes being in the house myself, but it was really only a minute, but it felt like a lifetime," said Levesque.
Jerry was eventually removed from the home and taken to a local hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns, but no major injuries were reported. However, Michael said he still does not call himself a hero.
"I don't feel anything I was just glad he got out. I don't consider myself a hero, I would just do anything for anybody. I help people mow their lawns and stuff. So I mean I've had a fire before so I know how it is," said Levesque.
The cat was located in a nearby alley, unharmed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.