Bodycam video shows deputy rescuing woman from burning home

Harris County Sheriff's office released bodycam footage showing the intense moments when a deputy rescued a woman from her burning home.

Deputy Roberto Martinez arrived less than five minutes after being dispatched to the fire on the 6500 block of Zaragosa after 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 

He found the home engulfed in flames, and residents told him a woman was still inside.

Deputy Martinez busted a window with his flashlight and called to the 63-year-old woman inside as smoke blew out through the opening.

He then reached inside, lifted the woman through the window and carried her to safety before collapsing from exhaustion and choking on smoke. 

"[Martinez] was later told by the arriving fire personnel that had he not taken swift action and pulled her out that she likely would have perished inside that fire," said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Martinez says he is just thankful he got there in time. He is brushing off any accolades.

"I was just out there doing what I had to. Just doing my job," he said.

 

The woman and Deputy Martinez were treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Baytown Fire Department responded to the fire, and believe it was accidental.