Neighbor Displays Heroic Actions When An Apartment Complex Catches Fire

BROWNWOOD, TEXAS (KTAB) - After a fire displaces 18 Brownwood residents, William " Billy" Reece is being thanked for his quick thinking actions, that possibly saved lives.

Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said that the fire started when a woman started a cooking device, left it and the grease fire began while she was gone.

Reece told KTAB News that he went outside to get his bicycle out of his car, once he got it out is when he noticed the smoke coming from the women's apartment.

He ran upstairs to get his family from the apartment. Once he knew they were safe he began knocking door to door to tell everyone that the apartment was one fire.

One tenant, Brandi Weatherman, stated she heard Billy beating on the door, yelling there was a fire. She then told her daughter to go the other apartments and get all of the fire extinguishers.

"I was just trying to get more and more every time I would go in there, I would try to put out everything I could see. "I put my shirt over my mouth and I just kept going," said Reece, explaining his actions in trying to get the flames out. "I tried to get everyone out that I knew was home, I had some idea of the cars left in the lot."

Reece doesn't believe his actions were heroic, stating that what he did was only instinct and that he didn't have time to think about what he was doing. " I just wanted to get everybody out."

Weatherman went up to the apartment once she saw the flames getting out of control. "Billy was still up there so I went up there to get him, he was on all fours. I had to bust the windows out so that the smoke would come out because it was so thick."

Weatherman tells KTAB news she had to force Reece out of the apartment because he did not want to stop looking for people. She credits Reece for getting everyone out of the complex in time "He really saved everyone in that apartment complex, he really did."

The American Red Cross has stepped in to help all of the victims of the fire, providing them with money and lodging, if needed. Most of the victims have been relocated to the other apartments in the complex, says Camelot Apartments Manager. Clothing, shoes, and basic home essentials are needed.

Donations can be accepted at the Camelot Apartments office, Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm.

Men's Sizes:

  • Shirts- M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Pants- 42x30, 32x34, 36x32, 52x30, 38x32
  • Shoes- 8.5, 10.5, 11, 13

Women's Sizes:

  • Shirts- S, M, L, XL
  • Pants- 8,10
  • Shoes- 6, 8, 9

Childrens' Sizes:

  • Shirts- S, M, L
  • Pants- Girls' 4T-5T
  • Shoes- 9 Toddler

Other items needed are home and kitchen essentials.

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