BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man was helped out of his burning East Bakersfield home Thursday by a quick-acting neighbor.

Firefighters were called to a home on Los Robles Drive near College Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. The fire appeared to be coming from a garage at the home and spread. One neighbor nearby at a birthday party saw the smoke and ran to the home and try and help.

“We were having a barbecue for my little cousin’s birthday and as soon as we saw the fire we ran over there to help him out,” a neighbor named Elijah said. “The dude was in the house, he was stuck in the house so I pushed the door open, helped him out, got his cars down, and right after that the fire people came.”

Elijah said his neighbor was unable to open the door and get out on his own. He says the man in the home later hugged him and thanked him for helping him escape.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.