Police are crediting a Brick resident with saving the life of his neighbor when he rescued him from a house fire earlier this week.
Victor Diaz said he was driving near Montclair Drive at about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed the front door of the home at 258 Montclair Drive on fire, according to Sgt. Neal Pedersen of the Brick police department.
After knocking on the door and receiving no response, Pedersen said, Diaz – who believed a person was inside the burning building – forced open the front door and found the resident, Ronald Colasurdo, sleeping in the rear bedroom of the home. Diaz asked if anyone else was in the home, to which Colasurdo replied his brother, Donald, was asleep in another bedroom.
“Diaz made his way to the front bedroom and woke up Donald and helped him exit the house,” said Pedersen, adding that the good Samaritan faced heavy smoke as he made his way to the second bedroom.
Diaz was successful in helping the two brother out of the home, and the three men were standing on the front lawn of the property when police arrived at the scene. The officers assisted in evacuating the neighboring homes while they provided additional assistance to the brothers and Diaz, said Pedersen.
All four of the Brick Township fire companies responded along with assistance from the Point Boro, Howell and Brielle Fire companies, according to police. Two firefighter suffered minor injuries while putting down the blaze.
The fire remains under investigation, but early findings suggest it was electrical in nature and foul play is not suspected.