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Good Samaritan helps Lake Avenue residents escape from house fire in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Good Samaritan helped residents escape from a house fire on Lake Avenue Wednesday.

Rochester firefighters responded to the two-family home on Lake Avenue around 11:30 a.m. The family living on the top floor was trapped by fire coming up the stairs and started climbing out their window to escape.

“I was sleeping and there was a fire, and my mom woke me up so I basically made sure they got out the house I slammed the door while the flames was coming upstairs,” said resident Gregory Wilson Jr.

John Allen was driving by when he saw the smoke, so he pulled over to help.

“I was coming up Lake avenue and got to Denise Road and saw the smoke,” Allen said. “‘Something is on fire!’ So I kept coming, and all of a sudden I saw the porch on fire!

Allen ran over to the window and the mother helped her 7-year-old daughter into Allen’s arms.

Then she and her older son, Wilson Jr., leapt from above the porch.

“And while they were trying to get off the roof, this young gentleman right here is the hero!” Wilson J.r said.

“They came up to the window and I said “drop the kid drop the kid!’ They drop the kid I grab her!” Allen said.

“He caught my sister off the roof and I appreciate with my whole heart, I really do appreciate that man,” Wilson Jr. said.

“I love you man, I don’t even know the guy and I love him!” Allen said.

The mother and her daughter were treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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