Hero Reunited with St. Paul Family he Helped Rescue from Arson

Updated: 07/29/2014 7:31 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 5:15 PM
By: Brandi Powell

A man who helped save a mother and baby from a burning home was reunited with the grateful family on Tuesday.

The fire, which was started Monday night at a duplex located on the 1200 block of Albemarle Street, is believed to be arson.

Rick Johann says he didn't think he would ever go running toward that kind of danger.

Vanessa Pryor, a relative of the woman and baby saved and a resident of the duplex, said she is grateful a stranger helped out.

"I got a call from a little cousin of mine saying my house was on fire, and that my sister was here," Pryor said. "I pretty much panicked and flew here just to make sure everything was ok, and I couldn't think of anything except for I have to see my sister's face. I've got to see her. I've got to see the baby. And once I saw that her and the baby were ok, that's all that I could do was thank God."

Johann rushed into action with his friend before the fire department arrived on the scene.

The St. Paul fire marshal credits Johann with helping the mother and daughter to safety, and says whoever set this fire could have killed them.

It was a race against time to save a mother and her 7-month-old girl.

"I just ran to the window and I pushed the screen out and I pulled the blinds back, you know, going to make entry, and this woman was standing there with a baby," Johann said.

Witnesses say two teenagers broke into the duplex and set a couch on fire using lighter fluid. No one has been arrested.



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