A Phoenix, Arizona, man is being hailed as a hero after he helped save three people from a house fire, according to local CBS News affiliate KPHO.
William Pranke says he was driving with his 12-year-old daughter on the afternoon of July 13, when he noticed that a nearby home was engulfed in flames. A woman, her son and daughter were asleep inside and did not know there was a fire. Pranke sprang into action, leaping out of his car and banging on the family’s front door.
“[You] couldn’t hardly see, and my main concern was just get everybody out of the house,” Pranke told KPHO. “Make sure everybody was safe.”
Pranke was able to get the woman and her two children out, although the mother and son both went back in the house to try to save their dogs. Pranke followed them inside two more times to make sure they got out safely.
Phoenix news outlet AZ Family reports that two of the family members were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, but both are expected to make a full recovery. One of the dogs survived but the other died in the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Local firefighters are urging people never to go back inside a burning building, even to save a beloved pet. They told AZ Family that Pranke is undoubtedly a hero. He says he only did what he hopes someone else would do for him.
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