An Oklahoma man is being hailed as a hero after he ran into a burning condominium building to save its residents on Monday.
The incident occurred in Oklahoma City when the Quail Springs Condominiums began burning, KFOR reported. Though firefighters extinguished the flames quickly, reports say that the fire was billowing out of the roof of one of the buildings.
Only a few people were injured in the blaze including an elderly woman living in a condo below the one that caught fire. Doctors treated her for burns on her feet after she stepped on flaming debris.
“She was elderly and the fire was getting too close where they had no choice but to grab her and drag her,” Marsha Lay, who lives in the condo below her, told KFOR.
“It was burning so intensely that we had to fight it from the exterior and that’s how we approached it initially,” said Chief Benny Fulkerson of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. “And then they were able to make an interior attack once they got it knocked down just a little bit.”
According to residents, a man named Tyler Maness was kicking in doors and getting people out of the building during the fire. Many are now hailing him as a hero.
“He was kicking down the doors and making people get out,” Lay said of Maness. “He went back in to make sure animals were out, everything. The man put his life in jeopardy and those people owe him their life.”
Maness, who had been working out at a nearby gym when he spotted smoke, says he went straight into the blaze.
“Hero, not at all, I don’t like that word,” he said. “It was very scary. You know you don’t know what to do.
"All you hear is people screaming there’s people inside and there’s dogs inside and you’re just trying to get everything out as quickly as you can.”
In all, Maness rescued a total of three people as well as three dogs.
“I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do anything,” he said. “I mean it’s other people’s lives at stake, you know.”
According to Maness, he has rescued people from burning buildings three times already in the past year and a half.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the three-alarm fire.
In response to the story, many took to KFOR's Facebook page to voice their opinions on the incident.
“So this raises a couple of questions, such as, why is this man around so many fires? Or why is he not a fire fighter?” one person commented.
“What a guy! Thank you for being so caring!!!” another wrote.
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