Boyle Heights

Good Samaritan Helps WWII Vet Escape Fire

A quick-thinking good Samaritan stopped his car to help usher a World War II veteran to safety after the 90-year-old was seen trying to go back into a burning home Sunday, fire officials said.

A good Samaritan identified only as Andres was traveling down the street in his car when he saw a home on fire in the 2500 block of Cincinnati Street in Boyle Heights.

He said he spotted an elderly man on the front porch trying to go back into the house as smoke billowed out.

Andres jumped out of his car, hurdled over a fence and sprinted to help the man.

Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter. There were no injuries, thanks to Andres, LAFD said.

More than 30 firefighters knocked down the blaze which damaged a room, the hallway and the attic.

Fire officials said the fire may have been caused by candles.

The fire caused about $150,000 in damage.

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