Roommates named heroes after rescuing handicapped man from KCMO - KCTV5

Roommates named heroes after rescuing handicapped man from KCMO fire

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The fire caused heavy damage to the front of the home and caused the roof to collapse. (KCTV5) The fire caused heavy damage to the front of the home and caused the roof to collapse. (KCTV5)
The fire happened about 2 a.m. at a home near 37th Street and Wayne Avenue. (KCTV5) The fire happened about 2 a.m. at a home near 37th Street and Wayne Avenue. (KCTV5)
A man living in the area saw the flames and said someone set the house on fire. (KCTV5) A man living in the area saw the flames and said someone set the house on fire. (KCTV5)
Fire officials have not said what caused the fire. (KCTV5) Fire officials have not said what caused the fire. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief is calling two people heroes after they rescued a handicapped person from a house fire early Wednesday morning.

The fire started about 2 a.m. at a home near 37th Street and Wayne Avenue.

KCFD Battalion Chief Kevin Hunt says two people living at the home rescued a third, handicapped resident.

Hunt says the two roommates rescued the third resident by throwing him out a window and onto a driveway. He says the roommates are heroes.

"They did an amazing thing and got themselves out as well," Hunt said.

The handicapped man was taken to an area hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown. 

A man living in the area saw the flames and said someone set the house on fire.

"This area's always been ridden with drugs and everything else," the man said. "When there's drug activity, this is what happens, and that house right there has been having drug activity all the time, probably."

Fire officials have not said what caused the fire.

The fire caused heavy damage to the front of the home and caused the roof to collapse. The Red Cross responded to the home and is assisting those living there.

Phillip Mack is one of the men who lives at the house. He came back to the house after the flames were put out, saying he just had to see it for himself.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do next," Mack said. "This is all of a sudden.”

Mack says he fell asleep on the coach and 30 minutes later woke up to a strong smell of smoke and flames right in front of him.

“It was right there in my face. I’m on the couch and it’s right there on my face, a big ‘ol fire and I was like, 'Dang, I can’t go out the front door or nothing.' Everything was on fire,” Mack said.

Mack and his cousin, who also lives at the home, were able to escape the house through the back door but knew they had to get their other roommate, who was unable to move due to a disability, out of the house.

“I pulled him out the side of the window and then I called 911 on my cell phone,” Mack said.

A house to the north of the home received minor damage.

“We’ve got smoke damage and that’s about it, and a little water damage, and that’s about it,” neighbor Otis Stevenson said.

Mack says all he walked away with were his clothes and his cell phone. He says he is glad that he and his roommates all made it out.

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