2 hero kids race into apartment fire, warn residents

Posted at 11:03 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 11:03:13-04

DETROIT (WXYZ/CNN) – A fire ripped through an apartment building leaving dozens of people with nowhere to go. But it could have been worse if a couple of young boys had not jumped into action.

"People were crying and stuff," said 11-year-old hero R.J. Stockton who, with his 10-year-old buddy, warned residents that their building was in flames.

"We were coming back from the park, and then I saw the fire and I said, 'He should go in there and tell everyone to get out,'" said Freddie King.

When the two ran down the hallways, heavy smoke started to fill the air. They banged on doors and yelled, "Get out, get out!"

"We were just trying to help the people," Freddie said, adding that they “covered up their nose and stuff” so they wouldn’t get hurt.

One building was untouched by flames, but because of that smoke, one resident said all his stuff is ruined anyway.

"The whole building was just totally engulfed," he said, "Flames just jumping 15-to-20 feet above the roof," Vince Wade said.

The two kids are unhurt, and they're just happy everyone made it out OK.

"It feels good," R.J. said.

"One person came up to me, said 'Thank you for telling us,'" Freddie said.

The Red Cross is on the scene, helping the displaced residents.

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