Roy Lopez, a 98-year-old World War II veteran, stood in front of his burning Los Angeles house. Then he walked to the front porch and attempted to enter the inferno.
But a Good Samaritan, known to LA firefighters only as “Andres,” saw Lopez heading toward the fire, according to CBS Los Angeles. Andres, driving by the blaze, jumped out of his car, hopped a fence and stopped Lopez from making what could have been a deadly decision.
“He jumped over the fence like one boost and jump, he literally cleared it like this far from the gate,” neighbor William Rodas told CBS LA. “I was like ‘Wow.’ It was amazing, all this while his girlfriend is calling the fire department. It was like a tag team. Just amazing to see.”
Andres and Lopez waited together for the fire department to arrive, and then watched as 32 firefighters extinguished the blaze in 18 minutes. The fire may have originated with a candle, CBS LA reported.
No one was injured – thanks to Andres’ quick action.
“Glad somebody was there,” said Raymond Lopez, Roy’s son. “I’ll remember this for a long time.”