LINCOLNTON, NC (AP) - A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy has been credited with saving a 73-year-old disabled man from his burning home.

The Charlotte Observer reports the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Deputy Seth Hovis was on his way to work shortly before 6 a.m. Monday when he responded to a report of a house fire from the county communications center.

The statement says a woman was standing outside the house upon his arrival and told him she had been unable to get her wheelchair-bound husband out of the house.

Hovis entered the house and carried the man down a flight of outside steps. He then moved the couple to a safe location, before moving their vehicles away from the home, which the blaze had engulfed.