A 16-year-old boy doing homework with his dad heard yelling outside and rushed to a neighbor's burning home to save a young boy trapped inside Monday night.
Neighbors described Marcos Ugarte as a hero for his actions after the fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. near Southwest 26th Street and Hewitt Avenue.
Ugarte told FOX 12 he and his father heard some yelling that prompted them to step outside, and they quickly realized their neighbor's home was on fire.
The father and son asked a man seen coming out of the home if there was anyone else inside, he said, and they learned a 6-year-old boy was stuck upstairs.
Ugarte's father went inside the home on his hands and knees and tried pounding on the door, but it was locked, Marcos Ugarte said. A woman had already brought out a ladder, so Marcos Ugarte grabbed it and set it against the house.
"I grabbed the ladder and propped it up so it was next to the window, and I punched the screen door out or the window screen. I told the kid to come out feet first, and he came down the ladder. And I carried him and gave him to the lady who was standing next to us," he said.
The house was completely filled with smoke when the rescue began. The boy was brought to safety before firefighters arrived, investigators said.
"I'm just grateful there was no tragedy other than the house being ruined," said Ugarte's father, who did not provide his name. "But all the lives were spared."
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within about 20 minutes, they said. The flames spread to the attic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The child's condition is unknown.
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