Teen saves residents from apartment fire using trampoline


A Western Pennsylvania teenager helped save several residents from an apartment fire by moving a trampoline to make it easier for victims to land jumping off the side of the building.

Falon O’Regan, 17, was about to go to bed at around 12.50pm when he noticed the apartment complex he was living in had caught fire and realized he needed to act quickly, according to WPIX.

The apartment fire happened in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, located about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh on the 100 block of Church Street.

O’Regan initially considered using a swimming pool to help save his fellow citizens, but realized it would have been too heavy to move, WTAE reported.

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He then realized he could use a nearby trampoline and, with the help of his neighbor, Robert, they moved him to the side of the apartment.

“Me and Robert, my downstairs neighbor, had to move the trampoline from the side of the house to the three bedrooms in the last part of the house because they would have been hurt if we hadn’t,” O said. ‘Regan at WPIX. .

O’Regan had to convince some residents to jump, but they eventually did.

Three people were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, while another injured his leg while jumping.

Firefighters are currently investigating how the blaze started and noted that the roof of the complex had partially collapsed.

Twelve adults and six children have all exited the building and are currently being cared for by the Red Cross, WPIX noted.

O’Regan’s mother, Becky Williams, shared how proud she was of her son’s heroic actions.

“I’m proud of him. We’re taking losses because we think we’ve lost our cats. But he saved a lot of people today,” Becky Williams told WTAE.

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