Brothers rescued from Camden Christmas morning fire

CAMDEN, N.J. - December 25, 2012

60-year-old William Culbreath is counting his blessings after a daring escape from a Christmas morning fire in the 700 block of Division Street.

"It's a blessing, definitely a blessing for both of us to be alive," William said.

His 59-year-old brother Michael suffered burns on his hands. He remains in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

"If he wasn't able to come back and call me, I'd be dead," William said.

The fire broke out around 7:35 a.m.

After shouts from neighbors, William's brother ran out of their home, but seconds later he ran back in.

Neighbor James Jiles was able to get Michael out.

"I told him, 'get out of here, get out Mike,'" Jiles said.

William, however, was trapped upstairs.

Michael urged him to jump from the second floor window.

"He was saying, 'I'm going to catch you, I'm going to catch you,'" William said.

William was able to escape to the home.

After his release from Cooper University Hospital, William returned to the house Tuesday night and thanked the neighbors who ran to help and called 911.

"That's why we're neighbor, we're here to help each other," Jiles said.

Now, those same neighbors are offering more help with a place to stay.

"Everything is going to be ok, from the time we left [the front] door we had people praying for us," William said.

There is no word on what may have set the fire.

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