CASPER, Wash. – Chris Poe, an Iraq war veteran, took matters into his own hands when he saw a house go up in flames.
“There wasn’t really any time to think about what you’re going to do. There was just time to do something, so the most logical thing at that point was to just see if anybody was still inside the house. So, you just do that,” Poe told KCWY.
Poe was driving with his family when he saw smoke coming from the roof of a house.
He says his instincts kicked in and told him to rush inside the home.
As the flames continued to grow, he found an 8-year-old boy on the first floor.
“He was frantic and I told him that his house was on fire and he needed to go out the front door and get across the street,” he said.
He eventually found a 14-year-old girl in the basement, who had no idea her house was on fire.
The children’s father was out buying breakfast when the fire sparked.
Ian Sandefer says he is thankful for the quick-thinking of a veteran, who risked his life for his children.
“I’d really like to say thank you for what you did to help my children and to put yourself at risk, to help somebody you never met, a family you don’t know,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.