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70-year-old veteran hospitalized after saving residents from Baltimore explosion

Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Terry Bagley, a 70-year-old United States Marines veteran, remained hospitalized Thursday after saving a woman and child who were inside a Baltimore home when it exploded this week.

The explosion happened Tuesday at a rowhome in the city's Pigtown neighborhood, also known as Washington Village. Bagley was passing by the home when it exploded and rushed inside to rescue a 16-year-old girl and 48-year-old woman while the building was burning. Both are in stable condition.

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Bagley was pulled from the rubble of the explosion by Baltimore firefighters. The father of five is in critical condition. Caregivers have placed him in a medically induced coma with a broken pelvis, broken femur and broken hand.

"It was a brave thing for him to do, especially at his age being 70 years old," his son, Terry Bagley Jr., told WBAL-TV. "When I see him looking, sometimes, lifeless, it scares me because I don't know if he hears me when I'm talking, and I see some action with his fingers moving and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, I'm still scared because anything could go wrong."

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Daughter Eris Bagley said she believed her father reacted the way he did because he is a Marine.

"He thought nothing about his own life to save two women that he did not know," she said.

During an interview with WJZ-TV Wednesday, Bagley's son said his father wiggled his toes and opened his eyes.

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A fundraiser is ongoing via GoFundMe, organized by Terry Bagley Jr. It has raised about $16,000 toward its $150,000 goal with more than 230 donations after opening on Wednesday.

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