Grandmother Rescued By Neighbors from Burning Home Speaks

CONCORD, N.C. – Neighbors rescue an elderly woman from a burning home in North Charlotte. Now we’re hearing from that woman and her family for the first time.

Wednesday night, the community came together to raise money for the family.

“Que toy viva,” (“I’m alive)” Carmen Torres said smiling, despite almost losing her life in a house fire last Thursday.

Dramatic video shows neighbors working together to pull the 87-year-old woman from the flames.

Her son-in-law John Cabrera went to the store that night and returned to find his home on White Aspen Place engulfed.

The five people who lived there lost everything.

“Clothes, cell phones, materials, everything is gone,” says family member Moses Cabrera.

Now the community is embracing the family, coming together to show their support.

John’s brother helped organize a motorcycle ride from Harley-Davidson in Concord to a nearby restaurant.

Chicken Salad Chick in Concord donated 50 percent of Wednesday night’s sales to help the family and held a silent auction.

People wrote messages of support outside the restaurant, then lined the sidewalk to welcome the motorcycle riders.

“I, of course, was not expecting a real big outpour, as far as big as I’m seeing,” Moses Cabrera said.

The fire has been ruled accidental. Investigators say it was caused by an electrical malfunction.