(03/20/14) - Quick actions by two Flint firefighters lead to the rescue of children trapped in their home.
The fire happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at Grand View Manor Apartments near Vernon and Robert T, on Flint's east side.
Flint's fire chief says the fire is still under investigation.
When crews arrived, two children were trapped in the second floor apartment unit. The window had to be broken in order for them to get out.
The firefighters who saved the kids are being called heroes.
"We heard some voices outside shouting, so I see the mother shouting, saying, 'Help, help kids inside, two kids inside,' and we can't do anything," said Osama Elhosary, who witnessed to the fire.
Flint firefighters came to their rescue in a hurry.
"It took them less than a minute," one witness said.
"The fireman jumped into the window. I really want to thank him, because he jumped into the smoke, huge smoke, nobody could see from the smoke," Elhosary said.
Two crew members risked their lives to save two others, and successfully pulled the children to safety.
"We were nervous for a minute because one of the smaller kids had a lot of soot around her mouth and nose. She had took in a lot of smoke," said Ray Barton, Battalion Chief.
The two heroes are, "Brad Ortwine and Alex Dunn, they went in," Barton said.
Both were humble and camera shy, and they didn't want to share too many words.
Their heroic actions prevented a tragedy.
"Our whole crew did an excellent job, but these two guys were the heroes for the day," Barton said.
Both children were rushed to Hurley Medical Center Wednesday night. We're told they are doing OK.
ABC12 Main Station