Heroic witnesses work to help victims at Warwick Apartment fire

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - It's a quiet scene Monday evening at the Warwick Apartments in southwest Abilene, but that wasn't the case Monday morning.

A two-alarm fire impacted eight units. Several people rushed to help those that were caught in the flames.

KTAB reporter Kathleen Barkley spoke to some of those witnesses about their heroic actions.

"I just heard a loud boom and I freaked out," one witness says. "I freaked out and I heard [a woman] screaming, 'Help! Help!' I looked out my little peephole and all I could see was black smoke.

Michael Garcia and Jon Ferrell were working at the Canyon Rock housing develpments when they noticed the flames and rushed over.

"Me and Jon heard screaming, so we rean up there," Michael says.

Their sight was limited by smoke and flames.

"I could see two feet in front of me and it was hard to breathe," Michael says.

"It was barreling smoke out and extremely, extremely hot," Jon adds.

Despite the smoke and flames, they rushed to help a woman trapped in her apartment.

"We ran upstairs and we see the lady there and I take my t-shirt off andhand it to Michael Garcia and he grabs a hold of her and I grab a hold of Michael Garcia and pull her out," Jon says.

Although they were terrified, they say they'd do it all again.

"It was mainly instinct that kicked into when I see somebody in danger, I'm going to help," Jon says. "That's what my instinct kicked in and we just wanted to help."

"I would do the same thing over again," Michael adds. "I want to make a career out of it. I'm actually going to school to be a cop."

Both Michael and Jon are doing alright.


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