Teens Rescue 2 Kids From Apartment Fire

Published: August 8, 2007 | 6652nd good news item since 2003

A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl Friday ran into a burning second-floor apartment in Long Beach and rescued two children, authorities said.

The non-injury fire broke out at 12:22 a.m. in a second-floor apartment in the 400 block of East 55th Street in North Long Beach, said Long Beach Fire Battalion Chief Moe Sinsley.

Neighbors were sitting on the steps of the two-story, garden-style apartment complex when they heard someone say there was a fire.

“We were sitting on the steps, just laughing and talking, and we saw one of the babies running up and down the stairs, not saying anything,” said Jeremy Oats, 14, one of the teens who rescued the children. He was referring to a 5-year-old boy who lived in the apartment.

“Someone said, ‘Oh, there’s a fire,’ and we just got up and ran inside,” he said.

He and 16-year-old Shaquita Thomas ran inside and saw flames in a room on the right side of the apartment, he said.

Oats retrieved a 3-year-old boy who was asleep on the living room floor, Thomas picked up a 1-year-old boy, and they all ran out of the apartment, Sinsley said, adding that the 5-year-old ran out on his own, he said.

The children’s 24-year-old mother was asleep in one of the rooms at the time, but she also got out safely, he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Sisley said.

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