Two deputies are being hailed as heroes after they were able to save a couple from a burning home overnight in Lincoln County.
Just after midnight on August 3, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office were called to a house in the 6600 block of NC 27 Highway West for reports of a fire.
A passing driver had called 911 when he saw flames coming from a window air conditioning unit and the side of the home. The man was able to extinguish the fire in the air conditioning unit with a garden hose but the fire had apparently burned into the side of the house.
As deputies arrived on scene, they asked several people outside if anyone was still inside the home. Deputy E. Cooke was aware that an older couple lived in the home and tried to make entry into the residence.
Sgt. R. Hoernlen arrived on the scene and also attempted to enter the residence. He was able to release the dead bolt and get inside the home.
The two deputies stated they could not see flames but could feel the heat, and smoke was filling the home when they encountered the woman who seemed disoriented and carrying a baseball bat because she thought someone was breaking into her home.
One deputy grabbed the bat and told her she needed to get out of house because it was on fire. They were able to move her to safety. The husband came into the kitchen and was told to get out of the house to safety.
The couple advised that no one else was in the residence. They were checked by Lincoln County EMS at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Fire units arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire in the home.