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“The fire was bursting out of the window,” said Robert Wright. “It was crazy, man, really crazy.” And what leapt to his mind when he saw the flames from his Fresno, Calif., neighbor’s apartment? His barbecue. “The only thing I think first, man, ‘Make sure those ribs is right.’” But that wasn’t what he rescued first during the 3:00 a.m. emergency. “I ran over and got my family, man. I [brought] everybody out safely, man. I carried everybody out myself, man ... I did that. You feel me?” And then he went back and got the ribs, which he held up on a barbecue fork while he told his story on camera for the local TV news. “It was frantic. It was real serious, man,” Wright said. “I’m gonna enjoy this barbecue though, man.” The video went viral. Wright said he hoped someone would get his family a motel room. (AC/KNTV San Jose, New York Daily News) ...He has dinner covered, though.
Original Publication Date: 20 September 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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