An off-duty fire captain sprung into action Monday after seeing his neighbor's house go up in flames.
It happened shortly before 11 a.m. at a house on Kingdom Avenue in Tottenville.
Fire officials say 55-year-old William Grant saw heavy smoke and flames coming out of the first floor of his neighbor's house.
He then grabbed a ladder from his house and climbed to the second-floor window of the burning house.
He managed to pull a woman out of the home, but they both fell off the ladder trying to escape the flames.
"My mom saw the kitchen window burst through, and there were flames in the backyard, so we all kind of broke apart," said Amanda Grant, Captain Grant's daughter. "I called 911. My brother grabbed the hose. My dad grabbed the ladder."
Captain Grant, a 27-year veteran of the department, was taken to a local hospital for burns and broken bones, but he's expected to be OK.
The woman's injuries are considered minor.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.