Two men rescued from north Tulsa fire


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Updated: 11/10/2013 4:18 pm Published: 11/09/2013 10:04 am


Neighbors could hear the screams from inside the apartment as the fire trapped two men inside.
FOX23 spoke with one of the rescuers, Gernaro Coronado.
"I was walking out my house and I see the smoke coming out the door, so I ran back over here to this house when I see a couple guys breaking in to the door already."

Coronado didn't hesitate - he followed the screams and ran straight into the
flames.

"I wasn't thinking about my life, I was just thinking about him and I wanted him safe, I wanted him out."

He's one of three neighbors that helped pull the trapped men out of the fire.
The men broke a window and kicked in doors; they say there was so much smoke they could barely see inside.


We also spoke to Virgil Hammon, another rescuer on scene.
"We could see the flames, they were right there in front of us so it was scary but the adrenalin gets you pumping so you look past that."

When firefighters arrived they were able to douse the flames and keep the fire from spreading to another unit.
Bryan Hickerson, district chief (of what?) tells FOX23,
"I do not advocate ever running into a building that's on fire, I am so thankful it came out in a positive way and that everybody go out OK. With the extent of fire that we had, if the two had not been removed from the fire I don't know if they would have made it."

Firefighters told FOX23 this apartment was destroyed but the other units only had smoke damage to them.
The three men were called heroes but it's a title they don't accept.
"Honestly no, just helping out, I would have done it for anybod," Hammon said.

The fire was determined to be accidental electrical. Two men in the apartment were taken to a nearby hospital, but didn't have any significant injuries.

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