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Man Rescued By City Employees From Burning Pasco Home

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Investigators said the house is so charred they have not been able to determine what actually happened and where the fire started. Investigators said the house is so charred they have not been able to determine what actually happened and where the fire started.
PASCO, WA- A Pasco man is in the hospital after flames and smoke engulfed his home Thursday morning. He is lucky to be alive, thanks to some unlikely heroes.

The entire house is considered a loss according to the Pasco Fire Department. Franklin County, Kennewick and Walla Walla Fire Departments helped put out the flames around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning on the 900 block of South 6th Avenue.

Investigators said the house is so charred they have not been able to determine what actually happened and where the fire started.

Two city employees helped pull this man to safety this morning by pulling him over a car that was parked too close to the front door.

NBC Right Now tracked down those employees who said they were just doing their job.

Joe Robles, a City of Pasco Heavy Equipment Operator explained, "Yeah, we were on our way to a job site at the time. We noticed the smoke and just happened to drive over there and see if anybody needed help or assistance. That's when we saw the fire."

On their way to a job, just like any other day, except this morning was much different.

"We heard somebody coughing and so we ran out of the truck to go see if anybody needed help", said Robles.

Robles and Luke Freeman were carefree Tuesday afternoon, acting as if their help earlier in the morning was no big deal at all.

"We kinda looked at each other and were like, what do we do? We freaked out a little bit I guess", explained Freeman who is also a City of Pasco Heavy Equipment Operator.

Slightly "freaked out", Robles called 911 as Freeman did what he could.

"The door was open, I had to kind of pull him up and over to get him out of there", said Freeman.

Pulling this man up and over a parked car.

"You're not thinking, you just do it. I just grabbed him up and out", said Freeman.

In this case, instinct potentially saved a man's life.

"It was just part of our job, being public servants. Working for the public works, that's kinda the way I looked at it", concluded Robles.

Unfortunately, that man's name was not released to NBC Right Now, so we are not able to tell you how he is doing. But, this selfless act could not go unnoticed.
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