Man, 82, carries neighbor down nine flights of stairs during fire
Michigan firefighters had some help rescuing elderly residents from a senior citizen complex after a fire broke out in one of the apartments.
Fred Wolski, 82, said he was in his ninth floor apartment at the Thomas Taylor Towers in Westland Thursday night when the apartment next to his burst into flames.
Before the former grocery store owner rushed out of the building, he went to see if his neighbor was okay, Local 4 reports.
"He was on his knees already," Wolski told the outlet.
Without even hesitating, Wolski picked up his neighbor and carried him down nine flights of stairs to safety.
He then returned to the burning building to rescue the man's wife who was still in the apartment.
"I got in about 10 feet into the apartment, but I just couldn't go any further," he said.
Thankfully, firefighters were already on the scene and they were able to get the man's wife out of the building.
The woman and another resident were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to Local 4.
Wolski was hailed a hero for his bravery, but he doesn't think he did anything extraordinary.
"Just instinct," Wolksi responded when asked why he rescued his neighbor. "Caring for one another."
Most of the residents have been able to return to their apartments. Detroit News reports that police are investigating to determine what sparked the blaze.