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Tennessee home catches fire, neighbors use trampoline to save occupants


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Two men rescued the occupants of their neighbors’ home in Tennessee after a kitchen fire pinned two people to the second floor.

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

The home owner and his daughter’s best friend were still in the house 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 on the second floor 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 across the property toward the house, so the man could jump out the window without hurting himself.

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Tennessee home catches fire, neighbors use trampoline to save occupants

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 thick black smoke and flames coming through the roof and down the side of the house. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes.

The fire caused no injuries.

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Tennessee home catches fire, neighbors use trampoline to save occupants

Fernando Rivera and Sam Triplett were credited with saving several people who were trapped in the burning house.
(Chattanooga Fire Department)

The Chattanooga Fire Department awarded Rivera and Triplett Citizen Commendation awards for their rescue efforts.

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


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