A retired firefighter was walking his son to school Tuesday in Weston, Massachusetts, when he noticed smoke coming from behind a home and jumped into action.
The unnamed individual started pounding on the house’s front door to alert anyone inside — and his actions were life-saving.
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Nagy Mikael and his wife were fast asleep when the knocking woke them up just in time, WBZ-TV reported.
The couple’s back deck was on fire, and the flames were reportedly spreading rapidly. Mikael and his wife were able to exit the home just before windows began to shatter and fire came inside.
“Two minutes, two minutes. The minute we were out, the window glass started to shatter,” Mikael told the outlet. “Thank God we were safe. Life can go in a second. Everything can go in a second.”
Weston Fire Chief David Soar said the situation could have ended much differently had the good Samaritan not stopped to alert the couple.
“If he hadn’t have been going by at the time, whether they would have gotten out or not, they basically had to go by where the fire was,” Soar told WBZ-TV. “They were leaving, the windows were breaking, the storm doors, the glass was shattering as the fire was coming into the building.”
Fortunately, everyone was safe, though the home was a total loss. Despite losing his material possessions, Mikael said he is glad his family is safe and sound.
“We have beautiful memories here, and everything’s gone, but we are alive,” Mikael told the media. “You can build everything. Everything is OK as long as you’re safe.”
Pray for the family as they prepare to rebuild from all they lost.
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