“Get out before you die,” Neighbor’s quick actions save family of four from house fire in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A family is without a place to sleep after an early morning house fire in southeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

A neighbor saw the smoke and did everything he could to wake up the people inside, quick actions that saved the family of four.

"I ran over, tried to kick the door in," said Luis Becerra.

It was around 2:15 a.m. when Luis Becerra saw the smoke coming from his neighbor's house on S.E. 71st, near I-240 and I-35.

Inside, two adults and two children were sleeping.

After yelling and banging on the door and windows, the residents made it out safely, a sigh of relief for Becerra.

"He was all nervous then saw the smoke and I said, 'Hurry up and get out before you die," said Becerra.

Becerra then grabbed a nearby hose, starting to fight the fire himself until crews got to the scene.

Investigators said the fire started outside the home, there was a pile of stuff stacked here on the side of the house.

The flames traveled up the exterior wall and spread to the attic.

"It was hard for the crews making access to where the fire was. There was quite a bit of stuff stored in the attic and gaining access was difficult, but crews were able to pull the ceiling, gain access to the attic to put the fire out," said District Chief Chris Black, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

For Becerra, he hopes his neighbors are able to recover from this unexpected event.

"I hope they get a place to live, for the kids. I got a little girl, so I already know kids first, other stuff last," said Becerra.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

There’s about $30,000 worth of damage to the home.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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