Homeless man credited with saving 2 kids from Las Vegas fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas firefighters are calling a homeless man a hero for saving two small children from a fire.

Fire officials say a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy were trapped in a burning apartment Friday morning.

Authorities say the children’s grandfather was cooking food and the stove caught fire. The grandfather escaped from a back bedroom but couldn’t get to the children.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski says that’s when a homeless man identified as 36-year-old Anival Angelo jumped a gate and pulled a locked security door open so he could rescue the children. He then escaped the flames out a back window.

Szymanski says the children could have been burned or killed if Angulo had not been there. The children were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Authorities say the damage to the home is estimated at $50,000.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is call the man a true hero.

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