Teen Christmas Hero Runs Into Burning Building, Save Residents

Teen Christmas Hero Runs Into Burning Building, Save Residents

CBS 6: HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – He’s being called a Christmas Day hero for running into a burning apartment building to tell residents about the danger.Henrico Fire Department Capt. James Mellon said the fire broke out just before noon at the Coventry Gardens apartments in the 200 block of Newbridge Circle.The fire displaced 16 people according to officials however no residents were injured thanks to the heroism of Whitted.When fire crews arrived they found flames shooting from the building’s second floor and roof and a second alarm to get more crews to the scene.Henrico fire officials say they do not encourage people to do what Whittick did.After all many times untrained rescuers end up needing rescuing themselves.The only people injured in the fire were the rescuers. Their injuries were minor according to fire officials – mostly smoke inhalation and ankle sprains.The Red Cross is assisting the victims.The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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