Tennessee house catches fire, neighbors use trampoline to save occupants

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Two men saved the occupants of their neighbors’ home in Tennessee after a kitchen fire had pinned two people in the second story.

Smoke was seen coming from the Chattanooga house on Thursday and several residents had made it out on their own, but two remained trapped in the home.

The owner of the home and his daughter’s best friend were still in the home when neighbor Fernando Rivera spotted the fire on his way home from work and rushed to help.

A Tennessee home caught fire, trapping two people in the second story before neighbors helped them to safety.

A Tennessee home caught fire, trapping two people in the second story before neighbors helped them to safety.
(Chattanooga Fire Department)

Rivera noticed the friend in an upstairs window and convinced the frightened young woman to jump into his arms.

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Then Rivera and another neighbor, Sam Triplett, pushed a trampoline on the property toward the home, so the man could jump from the window without getting hurt.

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Fernando Rivera (left), Fire Chief Phil Hyman (center) and Sam Triplett (right).

Fernando Rivera (left), Fire Chief Phil Hyman (center) and Sam Triplett (right).
(Chattanooga Fire Department)

Firefighters arrived shortly after 911 was alerted to the fire. They had noticed heavy black smoke and flames going through the roof and on the side of the house. The fire was under control within 20 minutes.

No injuries were sustained in the fire.

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Fernando Rivera and Sam Triplett were recognized for saving multiple people who were trapped in the burning home.

Fernando Rivera and Sam Triplett were recognized for saving multiple people who were trapped in the burning home.
(Chattanooga Fire Department)

The Chattanooga Fire Department gave Rivera and Triplett Citizen Commendation Awards for their rescue efforts.

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“Fire Chief Phil Hyman gave them Citizen Commendation Awards for their heroic actions and personally thanked them for going above and beyond in an emergency situation,” the Chattanooga Fire Department wrote on Facebook.