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Pizza delivery man saves elderly woman from fire

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A young pizza delivery man made a brave rescue of an 83-year-old woman who was trapped inside her burning home in Clifton Park on Sunday night.

20-year-old Raleigh Powell was driving down Lapp Road to deliver a pizza for Upper Crust when he saw the smoke and flames coming from the home at 267 Lapp Road around 6:30 P.M.

Powell stopped to help after spotting the blaze. He called 911, but after being told by an elderly man that his 83-year-old wife was still inside the home, he decided to take matters into his own hands and break a window to rescue the woman who was still inside the burning home.

Powell said he elbowed the window open and was able to unlock the door. The dog came mounding out once he opened the door, but the wife was nowhere to be seen.

Upon discovery that the woman was in the bedroom, Powell said he grabbed a lawn chair to stand on and broke the window to get her out.

Both of Powell's arms are now bandaged up, and he needed sutures after the glass broke his skin.

NEWS10 ABC asked him why he didn't wait for firefighters to respond and he says "he was following the call of duty."

Powell said, "I'm in the Army Reserves and they always train you to keep calm in situations like that and when you're in the moment you just instinctively make sure everyone is out of the building."

Back at Upper Crust, employees admit there was some skepticism when Powell first called to tell them what had happened.

Owner of Upper Crust Mark Ashman says, "On a typical pizza delivery, for him to call to say he's pulling people out of a burning house and can't get there right then, and hang up, you got to question him but he did the right thing and we're proud of him."

Fire officials are now investigating what caused the blaze, but as for that elderly resident who lived inside, NEWS10 is told she is doing fine.

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