Mailman helps kids escape burning home

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by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 6:15 PM

HOUSTON—A neighborhood postman was being hailed as a hero Tuesday night after he helped save two young people from a burning home.

The kids, ages 12 and 14, were asleep inside the Watts family's home in the 2800 block of Tidewater near West Orem around 9 a.m. when the fire started near an air-conditioning unit.

But right as that happened, the postman, Danny Thompson, happened to be delivering the mail.

"He knocked on the door and woke them up, because they were still sleeping," relative Edna Singleton said.

"I told them to go check that room out, because there was a little smoke coming in from that room," Thompson said. "But once I saw that the smoke was a little bit more intense, I wanted to maybe check it out for myself."

Thompson went inside the burning house, just to make sure no one was trapped.

"He busted the door open. The smoke came out. He told us to exit, so we ran out," fire survivor L.J. Watts, 12, said.

By the time firefighters got there, everyone had escaped unharmed.

"I just thought I was doing my job. I just want to make sure everyone’s safe out here," Thompson said.

Though the Watts' house was left in ruins, their family was intact – thanks to the neighborhood postman who became a neighborhood hero.

"I would just give him a big hug and a kiss, because he saved my niece and nephew’s life," Laverne Hargrove, the fire survivors’ aunt, said.

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