Bystander saves four people from fire in Iowa

Terrifying video from Red Oak, Iowa, shows children escaping their home as it bursts into flames. The children’s mother says her children made it out safe and sound, thanks to someone nearby who sprang into action. Tender Lehman says she was in Montana for a family emergency. She didn’t know much about the one at home, when her house caught fire with her children inside. That’s when one driver’s wrong turn led him to do the right thing and save four lives. Captured on Ring doorbell video, you can see the Lehman family’s home turn into hell. Brendon Birt is the man in the video, pounding the windows on the side of the house. The smoke alarms did not go off. “Like every second that passed only got worse,” Birt said. Birt says he took a wrong turn on the road in Red Oak and just saw the fire start. “I just felt like someone was there because it was so late at night, you know? I just knew I had to act fast,” Birt said. Inside, three children alone at home with their 22-year-old brother. The blows and screams woke them up. “Everything was black in the living room. There’s nothing left of it,” said Christopher Lehman. You can see the three young children enter the front door through the smoke and flames. “They walked out the door. Like, I just wanted to break down and cry. Like, I don’t even know these people here,” Birt said. And what seemed like an eternity after that, the older brother escaped just in time. “I walked into a furnace of heat and flames on the front, the front wall,” Bryce Harrison said. The children’s parents were out of town when they received the call. On Wednesday, their mother Tender met the man who saved her children. Unfortunately, five dogs did not make it, two others survived. The house is a total loss. But Tender says at least they can move forward together. Thanks Birt. “They’re safe, and they’re safe because of him. I mean, lives have been saved here. Souls,” Lehman said. The Red Oak Fire Department said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. There are many ways to help the family, there is a Gofundme, you can find it here. Or you can Venmo @Tender-Lehman.

Terrifying video from Red Oak, Iowa, shows children escaping their home as it bursts into flames.

The children’s mother says her children made it out safe and sound, thanks to someone nearby who sprang into action.

Tender Lehman says she was in Montana for a family emergency. She didn’t know much about the one at home, when her house caught fire with her children inside.

That’s when one driver’s wrong turn led him to make the right call and save four lives.

Captured on Ring doorbell video, you can see the Lehman family home turn into hell.

Brendon Birt is the man in the video, pounding the windows on the side of the house.

The smoke alarms did not go off.

“Like every second that passed only got worse,” Birt said.

Birt says he took a wrong turn on the road in Red Oak and just saw the fire start.

“I just felt like someone was in there because it was so late at night, you know? I just knew I had to act fast,” Birt said.

Inside, three children alone at home with their 22-year-old brother.

The blows and screams woke them up.

“Everything was black in the living room. There’s nothing left of it,” said Christopher Lehman.

You can see the three young children enter the front door through the smoke and flames.

“They walked out the door. Like, I just wanted to break down and cry. Like, I don’t even know these people here,” Birt said.

And what seemed like an eternity after that, the older brother escaped just in time.

“Got into a furnace of heat and flames on the front, the front wall,” Bryce Harrison said.

The children’s parents were out of town when they received the call.

On Wednesday, their mother Tender met the man who saved her children.

Unfortunately, five dogs did not make it, two others survived.

The house is a total loss.

But Tender says at least they can move forward together. Thanks Birt.

“They’re safe, and they’re safe because of him. I mean, lives have been saved here. Souls,” Lehman said.

The Red Oak Fire Department said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There are many ways to help the family, there is a Gofundme, you can find it here.

Or you can Venmo @Tender-Lehman.

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