Amazon driver helps get family out of burning home

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SYOSSET, N.Y. -- A Long Island transportation operator is being hailed arsenic a leader for moving into a burning location to prevention a family.

The operator shared his harrowing relationship with CBS2's Tim McNicholas connected Sunday night.

The aftermath of the blaze reveals boarded up windows and tarps. Parts of the location are incinerated, but everyone who lives determination is okay.

Syosset firefighters got to the location connected Bluebird Drive conscionable 4 minutes aft the 911 telephone and recovered a household lasting outside.

"I conscionable saw the occurrence conscionable getting bigger and bigger," Kevin Rivera said.

Rivera had already helped get them out.

"Everybody is calling maine a hero," Rivera said.

The Amazon operator said helium was finishing his way Saturday conscionable aft 4 p.m. erstwhile helium saw the flames adjacent the beforehand of the home. He said helium saw respective radical wrong done an unfastened beforehand door, including a pistillate and a babe who were seemingly unaware of the fire.

"I conscionable rushed in, due to the fact that I didn't privation cipher to dice successful that house," Rivera said.

He said helium told the six oregon 7 radical wrong astir the flames, but owed to a connection barrier, they didn't recognize astatine first.

"They was conscionable confused," Rivera said.

He urged them to permission done the backmost door, distant from the flames. Eventually, they did and past they saw the house.

"They conscionable started crying. They conscionable got emotional," Rivera said.

A pistillate named Amanda Johnson, who lives successful the area, changeable video of the fire.

"It would person been a batch worse," Johnson said.

When she heard astir Rivera's actions, she posted his communicative connected societal media and praised the driver.

"I thought it was great," Johnson said.

Now, the vicinity that usually acknowledgment him for his deliveries is thanking him for overmuch much than that.

"To beryllium honest, I conscionable consciousness large that I did something," Rivera said.

No 1 successful the location was earnestly hurt. Investigators are trying to fig retired what caused the fire.

Tim McNicholas

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Tim McNicholas is simply a Morning Insider newsman for CBS2 Chicago.

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