A homeless man from Las Vegas is being hailed as a hero after he saved two children who were trapped inside an apartment that was on fire.
Late Friday morning, Anival Angulo, 36, who lives on the streets in east Las Vegas, saw smoke emanating from a nearby apartment building. He soon heard the cries of children coming from the building.
Without much hesitation, Angulo jumped over a security gate so he could get to the apartment where he heard the screaming. He saw a 3-year old girl standing near the door, which was locked with a dead-bolt and impenetrable.
Somehow, Angulo managed to bend the door’s steel bars upward in order to unlatch the dead-bolt. He opened the door and was able to reach the 3-year old, only to see a 10-month old baby on the floor. He picked up both children and carried them out of the building and away from the fire.
“Went to the door and saw the babies so I jumped the fence and I pulled on the screen door and I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out,” Angulo explained. “I knew I had to get them out.”
At the time of the fire, the children were being watched by their grandfather, who was in a back bedroom inside the apartment. The fire was started in the kitchen because of food that was cooking on the stove. The fire then blocked off the path the children’s grandfather would have taken to get to them.
“Without the quick action of Angulo, the children would have probably suffered severe smoke inhalation with burns,” Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said in a statement. “His action certainly saved the children’s life.”
The two children were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. However, both suffered no other injuries and are expected to be fine thanks to Angulo’s heroic actions.