Man hailed a hero after he helped save a deaf woman from her burning home
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A Las Vegas man is being called a hero after he put his own safety on the line to rescue a deaf woman from her burning home.
Marvin Thompson says he did not think twice about running into the burning home on the 4500 block of Marks Avenue Tuesday night around 11 p.m.
Once he entered, he realized the woman inside was deaf, and she had no idea her home was on fire.
"I looked out the balcony and there were flames, like, shooting out the top of the roof so I went running up the street," said Thompson.
Thompson says he immediately broke into the home, where he found the woman sitting in the living room watching television.
"I had to slow down and lip to her 'there is a fire' and then I had to lip to show her the fire before she realized it," Thompson tells News 3.
Firefighters say the blaze started in the backyard and then spread to the second floor. Shanti Macias lives across the street from where the fire broke out.
"I stepped out into the living room, and it was lit up orange. I looked out the window and saw flames shooting way up high," Macias said.
He went on to say that it is comforting to know there are still people around who would risk their own safety to save a stranger.
"All the stuff I see on the news sometimes, it scares me. To see that happen knowing there are still nice people, it warms my heart," Macias said.
However, Marvin says he thinks anyone in his shoes would have done the same thing.
"I did not even think about my own safety, honestly. Anybody less fortunate than me, or even if it was somebody as strong as me whatever, I would have done it for anybody," he said.
A firefighter did suffer some minor injuries battling the blaze. No one else was injured, and the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.