Electrician saves men from fire

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Tim Howe is an electrician. He was just passing by Trumbull Street Saturday morning when he saw someone trying to escape from the second floor of a burning building, via 13wham.

“Once I hit that corner and I could see this gentleman hanging out the window,” Howe recalled.

“This guy was in dire need,” Howe said. “Once I saw a head popping through the smoke, I knew I could help.”

That's when Howe's instincts kicked in. He grabbed a ladder on his van. “It was just ‘go’ from there,” Howe said.

He got the first man safely to the ground, then quickly saw another man trying to get out of a window on the other side of the apartment.

It was Daniel Sanney. He says the flames were coming through the stairs.

“As soon I opened the door I got a face full of smoke and heat,” Sanney said.

He thought his only option was to jump.

“It was either do or die I guess," said Sanney.

That's when he saw Howe. “It was like he was just there. Then he appeared and put the ladder up. I can't even put it into words, it's just a blessing for me that I made it out alive,” Sanney said.

“God put me in the right spot at the right time. That's what it amounts to,” Howe explained. “Everybody's safe. That's the best part."

Everyone in the building got out safely but two dogs were killed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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