Hero teen saves residents from deadly fire

Quick-Thinking Teen Saves Neighbors from Apartment Fire

When a Flatbush, Brooklyn apartment building caught fire early Monday morning, 16-year-old Taliq Thomas rushed into the flames to save residents.

Thomas reportedly saw the fire when he was walking home from a friend's house. He told TV's Channel 11 that he quickly ran to help drag a mattress under a window of the three-story building, enabling two men to jump with a cushiony landing.

Unfortunately, one of the two men, 58-year-old Tony Celestin, died at the hospital despite his landing on the bedding. Celestin's 26-year-old daughter said her father knocked on neighbors' doors to help them escape before he became trapped. Clearly there were multiple heroes at the site of this fire.

Thomas also told Channel 11 that he ran inside the building to help get people out after dragging the mattress. He wrote on his Facebook page:

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams commended Thomas on his selfless and heroic actions. He said in a statement:

"His heroic actions quite possibly saved lives."

All injured residents were rushed to Kings County Hospital. Two residents are in serious condition but are reportedly expected to survive.

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