Heroic Rescue Made by Apartment Resident

Heroic Rescue Made by Apartment Resident

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A dramatic rescue at a Midland Apartment complex after a man and others rushed to save a woman from the flames. NewsWest 9 spoke with one of the heroes on Friday who helped her.

Midland Fire Marshal David Hickman says if it weren't for the courageous acts of residents at the Ranchland Apartments, one woman's injuries would be ten times worse.

Midland residents at Ranchland Apartments were on edge Friday morning.

"I just received a text that it was on fire. Came off my balcony and it was in flames," Ranchland Apartments resident, Curtis Rollie, said.

Just after 7 a.m. Friday morning, a fire engulfed a woman's apartment.

"I just thank God that she was still breathing," Ranchland Apartments resident, Thomas Brown, said.

When Thomas Brown and two others noticed the next door apartment caught fire, they started knocking on doors to get people out.

One door had no response. They heard a woman gagging inside and immediately took action.

"[Another resident] pushed down the door. I dropped to my knees and I crawled in there and got her out," Brown said.

They found their 50-year-old neighbor unconscious and dragged her outside where paramedics could take her quickly to Midland Memorial Hospital.

"I just pulled her out. That's what I'd like for someone to do for me anyway," Brown said.

NewsWest 9 spoke with several residents at the Ranchland Apartments who say it's like a big family there.

"We try and look out for each other as much as we can," Rollie said.

For Thomas and the others who helped rescue their neighbor, they remain humble.

NewsWest 9 asked Thomas if he considers himself a hero after Friday morning's fire and he responded, "Well, no. Not really. I just consider myself as someone helping someone out. But everybody's going around saying I'm a hero, so, woo! I'm a hero!"

The condition of the resident taken to the hospital is unknown at this time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Ranchland Apartments says they are not commenting on Friday morning's fire.