LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A police officer saved a man from his burning home, and it was all caught on video.
“I could see the flames inside the house,” said Cpl. James Keane with Los Alamos Police.
Dash camera video shows Keane as he jumped out of his car last week and ran towards a huge house fire.
Others followed to help.
Keane disappears from view after bystanders told him a man was still inside. He went in after him.
“When I first got into the house, the smoke was overwhelming,” Cpl. Keane said. “I took one breath of it and I knew I didn’t want to be in there very long.”
Keane found Nat Farnham in the bedroom where he had been sleeping.
“He wasn’t moving,” Keane said. “I could tell he was… He was alive.”
Keane is seen on video pulling Farnham out with the help of others nearby.
On Friday, Nat and Vicki Farnham returned to what is left of their home for the first time since the fire.
“We have lost everything,” Nat said.
The couple had been in the hospital, Vicki in Los Alamos and Nat at UNM Hospital’s burn unit.
“I burnt my lungs and I’ll just never be the same, but we all got out alive,” Nat said.
Vicki said she got out of the house first after the dogs woke her up.
“I went to go get the hose and promptly knocked myself out,” Vicki laughed. “So, I wasn’t much help.”
Help from Cpl. Keane came by chance when he saw the smoke while on patrol.
“Just happened to see it,” he said. “Right place, right time.”
To Keane, the neighbors and everyone who has donated clothes and furniture, the Farnham’s have one message.
“Thank you for everyone,” Vicki said. “It’s pretty incredible.”
The couple said they will be staying at a hotel until they can find a new home.
Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.