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Man saves three kids from fire in Missouri

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (WHDH) - A fire in Missouri left little behind and caused more than $150,000 in damage, but thanks to a neighbor’s quick thinking, three children were rescued from the flames.

"I heard a scream, she said ‘my house is on fire, my house is on fire,’" said Independence resident Michael Tomas.

"She said her kids were upstairs, so I ran around back, grabbed a brick and I threw it through the patio door. I went in. Flames were already going up the steps. It was all smoky upstairs and I saw an outline of a baby and I grabbed one in this arm and I got the one by the hand," he said.

Then, Thomas said he ran down the hallway and the fire went up the stairwell.

“The one that had my hand got scared and ran back. I was like, ‘come on, we need to go, we need to get out of here!’ She came out and I grabbed her hand again. I picked them up and put them under my arms and we crouched down under the fire. Then we got up and ran out the back," he said.

All three kids were under six years of age.

Neighbors spent the day pulling out belongings and moving to new units in the complex. They said what Thomas did was pretty amazing.

“He’s my hero, that’s all. He’s my hero,” said neighbor Ruth Clevenger.
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