JASPER COUNTY, Iowa - A Jasper County man is being called a hero by friends and family, after he risked his own life to help them out of a home engulfed in flames.
The fire happened Sunday morning near Colfax, several fire departments responded to fight the blaze but the house is a total loss.
Aaron Henning, 38, and four others were inside the home. Family friends say Henning's wife told them she awoke to the smell of smoke.
"She woke up coughing, woke Aaron up and he went to find a way to get out," said family friend Mikie Hansen. "She heard a crash then him screaming and he came back in and was on fire."
Hansen says despite his injuries Henning smashed the glass of a window, and helped his wife get out first.
"He would have done anything to get people out safe, and put his life on the line to do it," said family friend Jaci Umbarger. "That's the type of person he is."
The community has since raised clothing and household items for the family, now friends are hoping to find a storage shed to keep the items safe. They have also raised more than $7,000 on a GoFundMe page for the family.
Friends say Henning is listed in critical condition in the Iowa City Burn Unit with severe burns on 65 to 70 percent of his body, but is showing signs of improvement.
Fire crews say the cause of the fire is still under investigation but it does not appear to be suspicious.
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