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Iowa man Brendon Birt saves 4 siblings from massive fire


An Iowa man saved four siblings from a house fire after making a happy mistake when he took a wrong turn and fell into raging hell.

Brendon Birt told local ABC News affiliate KETV he took a wrong turn while driving in Red Oak last Sunday and spotted the fire inside the family home.

“I just felt like someone was in there because it was so late at night, you know?” said Birt. “I just knew I had to act fast.”

Brendon said he felt someone was in the house because it was so late at night.
Credit: Tender Lehman/ Christoph

He had the feeling that there were still people inside. So he started banging on the windows and shouting “Fire!”

Doorbell video captured the heartbreaking moments.

“Every second that passed only got worse,” Birt told the station as he waited for someone inside to get out of the blaze.

Shortly after, three siblings – aged 8, 14 and 17 – ran through the front door of the house as flames swirled on the porch.

Their 22-year-old brother walked through the front door moments later as the fire engulfed more and more of the porch, the footage shows.

“They went out the door [and] I just wanted to break down and cry,” Birt said.

The siblings said the pounding and screaming woke them up because the smoke detectors didn’t go off.

Older brother Bryce Harrison told the local station he woke up to “an oven of heat and flames on the front wall”.

“Everything was dark in the living room,” said her younger brother Christopher Lehman.

The children’s parents were out of town when they received the chilling call that their house had caught fire with their children inside.

Their mother, Tender Lehman, said she was incredibly grateful to Birt.

“My kids wouldn’t have survived, man. They are safe and they are safe because of him,” she said. “I mean, lives have been saved here.”

Iowa man Brendon Birt saves 4 siblings from massive fire
Three siblings – aged 8, 14 and 17 – ran out the front door of the house when the fire began to rage with flames.
Credit: Tender Lehman/ Christoph

Five of the family’s dogs died in the fire, while two survived.

The family’s home was completely destroyed by the fire, but Tender Lehman said she was just grateful her children made it out unscathed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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