NEWPORT NEWS -- Two sailors who were on their lunch break rescued a woman from her burning home in the 600 block of 35th Street on Tuesday.
Officials said a bystander told 2nd Class Petty Officer Devon Bishop and 3rd Class Petty Officer Jessica Jusino from the USS Abraham Lincoln, who had come to investigate after seeing smoke, that an elderly woman was still inside the home.
'I left my car in the middle of the street running and the doors open,' Bishop said.
When the sailors couldn't get in the front door, Bishop kicked in a side entrance. But, the woman inside didn't want to go with them. She thought her good Samaritans were trying to break in.
'We reassured her that there was a fire, we were just trying to help her,' Jusino said.
The woman's husband, Earl Tearette, told 13 News Now his wife is slow getting around because she uses a walker after having a stroke.
'I don't know how things would have turned out if they hadn't been here,' Tearette said.
The sailors say they often wondered if they'd ever use some of their Navy training and how they might respond.
'Now we know we're going to react and not just stand there looking at a fire,' Jusino said. 'The training paid off.'
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The preliminary estimate of the damage is $3,500.
No injuries were reported.
'Their quick-thinking and brave actions allowed the female to escape unharmed,' fire officials wrote in a press release.