Limo driver passing by Mass. house alerts home owner to fire

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November 15, 2012, 6:01 pm
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - A Westborough, Mass. home owner isn't just thanking firefighters for putting out a fire that could have reached her home, but she's thanking a passing limo driver for banging on her door to first warn her about the flames.

Carol Borglund was surprised to wake up Wednesday night to someone banging on her door.

“I looked at my window and saw a Knights Airport limo in the driveway and thought he must be trying to pick someone up for the airports and so I was going to yell out wrong address,” she says.

But the driver wasn't at the wrong house.

He was coming from a drop off nearby in Westborough around 2 a.m. when he saw smoke coming from this barn on Milk Street.

He pulled over, called the fire department and went to alert the family.

“So I’m incredibly thankful to that person whoever he was because I didn't even see his face,” Borglund says.

Robert Partridge was the driver for Knights Airport Limousine based in Shrewsbury.

He declined to be interviewed, but managers there say they aren't surprised by his actions.

“Bob’s the take charge kind of guy; he's been with us for five years and has 20 years of experience in the military so he stepped up to the plate,” says Mark Ford.

Firefighters from neighboring towns responded to the 2-alarm fire.

The barn is now a total loss.

They were able to knock it down before it had a chance to spread.

Borglund lost photo albums and family scrap books in the barn but says it could have been worse.

“Have to say I didn't lose my home; it was a 2-alarm fire with 20 foot flames but I didn't lose my home.”

“I think he feels anyone should have done that and I feel the same way,” says Ford. “You see something like that and you just react.”

Borglund says she’s happy that driver passed by when he did and that he cared enough to take the time to stop and help.

“I’m much indebted to whoever that mystery person is,” Borglund says, “and I want him to know that.”

Tags: Katelyn Tivnan, Good Samaritan, westborough massachusetts, Milk Street, Robert partridge, knights airport limousine, carol borglund, mark ford
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