Musician Bill Clemons taken to Arizona Burn Center after house fire

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale man is recovering after his home caught fire.

He wouldn't even be in the hospital if it wasn't for some quick thinking neighbors.

The fire happened on 46th Avenue near Cactus Road Sunday morning. He was taken to the Arizona Burn Center at the Maricopa County Medical Center.

Neighbors said the man badly burned from the house fire is Bill Clemons. He has second- and third-degree burns. He's a musician who neighbors said has a big heart and they hope he recovers from this.

Clemons is a saxophone player and his brother, Clarence Clemons, played with Bruce Springsteen.

"Such a nice person ... very good person," Muhannad Al Kusairy said.

Kusairy said he heard Clemons play the saxophone often.

"Usually we gather together during the holidays, get dinner together, and he used to play saxophone for us," Kusairy said.

Kusairy said he was one of the neighbors who helped Clemons out of his burning home.

"His arms were burned, so it was difficult to get him from the window," he said.

Paul Anderson said a group of neighbors worked as a team to help him.

"I reached in and I couldn't see anything, but I just kind of reached in and had him take my hand and that gave him the strength to stand up and walk to the door," Anderson said.

Anderson said Clemons was weak from smoke inhalation, so neighbors gave him some words of encouragement.

"Come on man just stand up. You're going to be OK. You just got to use your strength. Use your legs," Anderson said.

And once Clemons was out, Anderson said, "I just put his arm around my shoulder and assisted him to the grass."

Anderson said he didn't know Clemons personally but, "I think anybody that saw somebody was in danger, they would step up and help out in any way that they could."

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire, but they said it does not appear suspicious.

"I really wish from the bottom of my heart that he will recover soon," Kusairy said.