Thomas Smith of Houston, Texas was homeless until a longtime friend gave him a place to stay, but no one could have predicted he was going to repay her by saving her life.
Smith was woken up by the sound of a loud "boom," on Friday night and initially thought the house was being robbed, according to The Independent.
When he went out to see what was going on, he discovered the house was actually on fire and rapidly filling with smoke.
He went into his friend’s bedroom to find her trapped underneath debris that had fallen from the ceiling and immediately tried to help.
“I jumped out the bed and ran to her room, and something was on top of her — sheetrock and what not,” he said. “I told her, ‘Get up out the bed!'” he reportedly recounted.
Thomas pulled his friend, who was not named, out of bed and then went for her 8 - and - 10-year-old granddaughters who were also still sleeping.
After waking everyone and alerting them to the fire, Thomas then led the family through the smoke and out of the house with no injuries.
Once news outlets began reporting on this amazing story, the community deemed Thomas a hero but, he modestly declined the title.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a hero,” he reportedly told a local news station. “I just thank God for helping us all. Not a hero.”
He may not want to be called a hero, but there’s no doubt his actions were heroic. His instincts kicked in at the perfect time. His friend must surely be thankful she welcomed him into her home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, although it is believed to have been an electrical fire.
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