A 90-year-old man has died after he and a woman were rescued from a house fire early Wednesday morning in Cahokia.
Firefighters responded to the fire around 2 a.m. Wednesday at 9 Westwood Drive, according to Camp Jackson Assistant Chief Sharon Davis.
Davis said when firefighters arrived, two people were trapped inside the home. Firefighters were able to rescue Lloyd Metz and Cynthia Metz from the house, but they were both in cardiac arrest.
First responders started giving them CPR on the front lawn and were able to revive them.
The two were then taken a local hospital St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. confirmed Metz died at 3:10 a.m. at Touchette Regional Hospital in East St. Louis.
Metz's grandson Timothy Carpenter, 31, told the BND he came home around 3 a.m. after a doctor appointment and saw fire trucks lined all the way up the street.
Firefighters on the scene told him to go to Touchette Hospital immediately where his mother and his grandfather had been taken. Carpenter said that 20 minutes later he found out his grandfather had died.
He said his mother, Cynthia Metz, remained in critical condition at Barnes Jewish Hospital as of 8:45 a.m.
Carpenter’s two cats also died in the fire.
The fire started in Carpenter’s bedroom and traveled up the hallway, according to Carpenter. Smoke filled the house and his grandfather's room, which was across the hall from him.
Jonathan Marshall, Carpenter’s brother, went through the dark house with a flashlight on Wednesday morning, illuminating the completely burned mattress and charred remains of Carpenter’s room.
He pointed at smoke stains at the top of Metz’s bedroom door.
“The door was shut and the room filled with smoke from here. With the door shut and smoke going in, he may have been trapped,” Marshall said.
Carpenter said he can’t help thinking that if he had been home, maybe things would have been different.
“If I had been here, maybe I could have saved them,” he said.
Neighbor Edward Schmidt said he has lived next door to the family since he was a kid.
Around 12:30 a.m., he said he heard "two big old booms" and saw firefighters surrounding the house.
"I shouted to them that there were two people inside," Schmidt said.
He watched as firefighters pulled out Lloyd Metz followed by Cynthia Metz and begin CPR on them. Eventually, the two were taken into an ambulance.
Schmidt said he knew Lloyd Metz very well.
"He was a cool guy, he would love to work on our bikes and loved to help us out with stuff. He was always there for us," he said.
Davis said the fire was contained to one room of the house. According to KMOV, nothing about the fire appears suspicious.
Alorton, Cahokia and Church Road fire departments also responded to the fire.