N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - An auto shop in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. We're hearing first hand accounts of the heroic actions of a few good Samaritans who tried to save Drobot Automotive.
Jesse Probus, who just happened to be driving on Mauch Chunk Road when he saw smoke coming out of Drobot Automotive, recorded a video live on Facebook.
"I didn't know what was going on. I just had to do what my instincts told me to do which was kick the door and make sure everybody was ok," Probus said.
Inside all Probus found was smoke and fire. He says 10 minutes later the owner showed up after getting tagged in the video.
"He said there's some really important things of his passed away father and we got those out," Probus said.
So that's what they did.
"We held each other's backs, went into the building, figured out what we had to do, pushed the tool cart out, which it got stuck and we had to tie it to a truck and rip it out while it was on fire," Probus said.
Dr. David Roy, who owns North Whitehall Chiropractic down the street, raced over to help, too. He says the fire started in the front of the garage.
Six fire departments responded but they couldn't save the building - it was gone.
Josh Haines runs the nearby Back Home Bagels Deli & Bake Shop. He's planning a fundraiser to help out.
"We're gonna get this guy back on his feet, get him a shop back up and running. He needs us. Him and his family. His beautiful baby girl. They need it," Haines said.
Both Probus and the owner were treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital. Probus says before he checked himself out the owner had a message for him.
"He reached out from across the trauma room or OR room, I'm not sure where we even were, and he just said thank you," Probus said. "I just felt like I did what any human should do and it feels rewarding."