OLD BROOKLYN, Ohio -- An Old Brooklyn neighborhood is trying to piece together what sparked a deadly fire on Tate Avenue.

One woman is dead and a man hospitalized, after an early morning fire on Saturday.

Witnesses said there was heavy smoke, constant flames and panic at the scene.

Michael Yanochko, a close family friend, said the victim lived on the first floor, only about six feet from the front door, but went upstairs to tell her husband about the fire.

The husband subsequently jumped from the roof to safety, but she did not.

"She could have easily walked out of her bedroom, out of the house and she would have been perfectly safe, however she chose to save the person upstairs," Yanochko said. "If that's not a hero, I don't know what is."

William Lloyd lives across the street and was woken up by the explosion.

He came out to find the man had jumped to the ground and was injured, so he grabbed him and dragged him to safety.

"I don't consider myself a hero," Lloyd said. "I just really want people to be safe."

Next door neighbor Dale Lishko said the blasts from the house fire were so strong that his home and car were also damaged.

"I was actually going to try and move the cars, the flames were coming through the windows and against the house," Dale Lishko said. "I just ran through the back and went through the back door. As long as we're safe and with everybody out, that was the thing."

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.