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Who said that roofers can't be super heroes. Two roofers rush into a burning building to save a senior citizen from burning up. It takes a lot to risk your life for a complete stranger, and these guys stepped up and did it without thinking twice.


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Roofers rescue 94-year-old from house fire

By Jeremy Deutsch

Eden Leong was doing some gardening in the backyard of her Eighth Avenue home Tuesday afternoon when she noticed smoke coming from a neighbour’s house three doors down. It was definitely alarming because Leong knew that the home of her elderly neighbour didn’t have a chimney.

Moments later, black smoke was billowing from the back of the home, while flames were shooting through the vents on the roof.

“The next thing you know black (smoke) was coming out and then I started yelling,” Leong told the Record.

She called out for Hira Gill, one of two roofers working on Leong’s house at the time. By then Gill and another roofer Amandeep Dhillon had also spotted the growing inferno.

Leong started to give the two men directions, while she ran into the house to call 911.

“I said ‘you better get down, run,’” she said, also telling the men there is an elderly woman in the burning house. 

The two men quickly ran down the street just a few metres away. They saw the woman in the window and knocked on the door to get her out, but she didn’t budge.

So Gill and Dhillon broke down the door, but she still wouldn’t come out. They finally decided to grab her and pull her to safety.

By that time, a growing crowd of neighbours and onlookers were out on the street lending a hand.

The fire was eventually put out by firefighters before it could spread to nearby homes. No one was injured.

A day later, it appeared most of the damage was at the back of the home, however there is little information about the blaze. Calls to the New Westminster fire department were not returned prior to the Record's press deadline.

The New Westminster Police Department said it is aiding the fire department while the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Leong said neighbours kept asking the woman what happened, but she didn’t have an answer.

“We don’t know what happened,” she said, adding she’s not sure if her neighbour even knew her house was on fire.

Gursewak Gill is Hira’s brother and he helped translate the men’s story for the Record.  

“The main thing was they wanted to save her,” he said. “They know it’s dangerous, but they think they can save her.”

He said the two men feel good about what they did and are proud they were able to help the elderly woman.

Meanwhile, Leong believes the outcome could have been much worse if she wasn’t home to call 911 and the roofers didn’t run to help. 

“If we weren’t here, no one would know, it’s so quiet,” she said.

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Now these are the types of stories you like to hear. I believe if I was in that situation, I would do the same thing. You have to help people out, especially the elderly.
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It’s a heart warming story for sure. These are the good guys and someone needs to reward them for being such. It had to take a lot of courage to do what they did.

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You always wonder if something like this happens, what would you do? I think they definitely did the right thing by rushing in and saving this woman. Great story, thanks for sharing it.
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Personally, I probably would have called the fire department first. I'm getting a little too old to be kicking in doors and carrying them out on my back.
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This is what you call thinking on your feet. They say a problem, reacted, and went into action. Thankfully everything turned out all right. It's good to see some modern day heroes who are just regular people.
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A great story with a happy ending. I would have probably acted the same way as they did. I have been witness to a couple of accidents where I had to jump in and help some people before the fire rescue arrived. It is a good feeling when you get someone to safety.
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A great story with a happy ending. I would have probably acted the same way as they did. I have been witness to a couple of accidents where I had to jump in and help some people before the fire rescue arrived. It is a good feeling when you get someone to safety.


This definitely is a great story. Wow Art, talk about being in the right place at the right time. That's great that you could help some people out in need. I know a lot of people would say they would do the same thing, but you don't know until you are tested.

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A great story with a happy ending. I would have probably acted the same way as they did. I have been witness to a couple of accidents where I had to jump in and help some people before the fire rescue arrived. It is a good feeling when you get someone to safety.


I have to hand it to you Art for getting involved. Especially in this day and age where people will sue you if you touch them, even if you're helping them.

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Now these are the types of stories you like to hear. I believe if I was in that situation, I would do the same thing. You have to help people out, especially the elderly.


It really is a great story. I would like to think that I would do the same thing in that situation. It's the right thing to do.
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Personally, I probably would have called the fire department first. I'm getting a little too old to be kicking in doors and carrying them out on my back.


That would probably be the safest thing to do. But then it is all about timing. If they take too long to get there, then that's a problem.
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This is what you call thinking on your feet. They say a problem, reacted, and went into action. Thankfully everything turned out all right. It's good to see some modern day heroes who are just regular people.


When things like this happen, you have to think fast. I agree it is nice to hear about regular everyday people being the hero. Especially when it's a roofer.
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A great story with a happy ending. I would have probably acted the same way as they did. I have been witness to a couple of accidents where I had to jump in and help some people before the fire rescue arrived. It is a good feeling when you get someone to safety.


I bet that felt great when you helped out. I know not everyone would do something like that.
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