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Man rescues fire victims near Sahara, Richfield

Posted at 6:45 PM, Apr 18, 2017

A man rescued three people from a house fire Monday, but it wasn't the first time he's saved fire victims. 

Anwar Breland was hanging out with a friend Monday when he noticed flames in the backyard of a home on his block near Sahara Avenue and Richfield Boulevard.

"I was like 'I think their house is on fire!'" he said. 

Breland's first instinct was to rush toward the home. 

"I frantically just ran," he said. "I started banging on the door." 

Breland and his friend woke up three people who were sleeping inside. Smoke alarms hadn't gone off in the home because the fire started outside. 

Shortly after, the flames engulfed the home causing parts of the roof to collapse. 

"I figured if it was me, I'd want someone to come and help me. I put myself in other people's shoes," Breland said. 

He's been in their shoes before. Two years ago, Breland lost everything in a house fire. He was responsible for rushing into the home to save his four kids and his wife. 

"I did what I could. I got them out. I didn't try to be a real hero; I just got them out," Breland said. 

One of the men who survived the fire declined to talk to 13 Action News on camera, but said he was grateful to Breland for saving his life.

No one was injured in the fire. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.