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Neighbors help rescue man from burning apartment in Hamilton

HAMILTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Neighbors and fire crews helped a man from a burning building in Hamilton.
Crews were called to the multi-family apartments on North Sixth Street, near Dayton Street, just before eleven Wednesday night.  The fire broke out in a second floor apartment.  In the hallway the apartment was surrounded by smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher.  Sherri Weathers heard the alarms and ran into the apartment.

Weathers told Local 12, "I said, 'Get out! You house is on fire, you room is on fire!  Get out, get out!'"

While there was little fire, Weathers said there was too much smoke for her to go any further.  When officials got to the scene they found two people, Josh Santos and Gene Affrunti, had already pulled an unconscious man from his apartment. Rescuers then helped get him from the hallway to paramedics waiting outside. He was taken to a local hospital.

Gene Affrunti said, "I was breathing it in and I really didn't care.  I wanted to get him in and get him out.  I said I didn't care I was just going to do it."

Josh Santos also had to be taken to the hospital to be checked out for smoke exposure.

Investigators believe the fire started because the man who was rescued, had been smoking in bed. The other residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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