April 05, 2020

Quick thinking saves man from Steuben fire

STEUBEN — Quick action by a visiting friend is being credited with saving the life of a man after a fire broke out in his Rogers Point home just as power was restored Tuesday night.

“We have so many people to thank, but if it weren’t for Tim Bybee, my husband wouldn’t be alive,” Shane MacLean said.

Steuben Fire Chief Delbert Pinkham said Pearly and Shane MacLean had just come home and turned on the electricty when Bybee noticed fire in one of the bedrooms.

Shane and the children escaped from the home, but Pearly ran to the rear of the trailer to rescue the family’s cats. On his way back to the door, Pearly became disoriented by smoke and Bybee shone a light through the smoke and guided his friend out of the trailer, Pinkham said.

Pinkham said two of the cats survived, but firefighters found the bodies of two others in the rubble that greeted them when they arrived on the scene at 8:15 p.m. The call came in at 8:02 p.m. and town road crews in the area had to sand so the firetruck could get up the icy hill, Pinkham said.

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