Teen helps save neighbors from burning building – NBC10 Philadelphia
A Pennsylvania teenager is applauded for his quick action, helping to deploy a nearby trampoline to allow neighbors to escape an overnight apartment fire early Tuesday morning near Pittsburgh.
Shortly after a fire broke out around 1 a.m. in his apartment building in Bentleyville, 17-year-old Falon O’Regan jumped out of a window and sprang into action to help his neighbors escape the fire, NBC affiliate WPXI reported.
“Me and Robert, my downstairs neighbor, had to move the trampoline from the side of the house to the three bedrooms in the last part of the house because they would have been hurt if we hadn’t,” O said. ‘Regan. the train station.
Neighbors said they were worried about the jump, but took the leap knowing they didn’t really have a choice.
“You look out the window and the fire breaks out through your door and you literally have the fire coming your way and you have to jump. You must jump. There is no other option,” said resident Michael Groots.
Fire officials said the quick action helped several trapped people.
“They prevented many injuries,” said Tim Miller, 2nd Deputy Fire Chief for the Bentleyville Fire Department.
One person injured their leg and three others went to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, WPXI reported.
O’Regan’s mother, Becky Williams, said she was proud of how her son sprang into action, telling him “You are a hero, baby”.
“I’m proud of him. We’re taking losses because we think we’ve lost our cats. But he saved a lot of people today. I’m proud of him.”
For his part, O’Regan said he was just happy to be of service.
“I’m glad we got them out in time.”
According to firefighters, 12 adults and 6 children have been displaced by the fire, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.