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2 children home alone saved from burning apartment, police say

Good Samaritans save children from fire

READING, Pa. - Two good Samaritans are being hailed as heroes for saving two small children from a burning apartment.

The fire started just after 2 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of North 6th Street in Reading.

The two good Samaritans managed to rescue the two children. One is estimated to be about a year old; the other child is estimated to be about 4.

The reason their ages are uncertain is because police said they are still looking for the parents.

When Daniel Ortiz stopped by the 300 block of North 6th Street to get his tires changed, he never thought he would end up saving the lives of two children.

The same goes for Hector Carreras, who just so happened to be walking down the street.

Just after 2 p.m., both men happened to see smoke coming from an apartment and heard a little girl screaming, 'Fire.'

"You know, ran inside the building and grabbed the baby out, and he grabbed the older sister," said Ortiz.

"I love kids," said Carreras. "I got two kids myself, so, you know, I got to protect them no matter what."

The apartment door was locked, but luckily a neighbor had the key.

The good Samaritans said they were surprised no parents were home. Instead, they found the children and food cooking on the stove.

"It was filled with smoke," said Ortiz. "I ran in there. "It was something left on the stove, cooking. It was actually on fire. I turned it off."

"Really crazy," said Carreras. "It's bad, you know, really crazy.

It is likely, police said, that the parent or parents will face charges.

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