A 20-year-old man is being called a hero after he alerted neighbors to get out when a fire erupted in a San Bernardino department early Friday morning.
Chris Butler pounded on the windows of several residents after flames sparked on the second floor of a multi-unit complex about 3 a.m. in the 1200 block of Lynwood Drive.
Residents were evacuated as firefighters attacked the fire aggressively after hearing someone may have been trapped inside, San Bernardino fire officials said.
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Butler,who suffered cuts to his arm, said he wasn't overcome by fear, but knew he had to remain calm to help rescue those in danger.
He also said the recent shooting death of his friend in San Bernardino changed him and made him want to help his community.
"Even if you're not in a small town, you can have the sense of community and help each other to make it better," Butler said.
Two people suffered minor smoke inhalation and were taken to area hospitals, fire officials said.
At least one family was displaced as a result of the fire.
The fire was under investigation.