Anival Angulo is being hailed a hero after rescuing two small children from a Las Vegas apartment on Friday

By Char Adams
December 04, 2017 04:22 PM
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A homeless man in Las Vegas is being hailed as a hero after he ran into a burning apartment to rescue two small children from the blaze, officials say.

Anival Angulo, 36, was walking by the apartment at around 11:30 a.m. when he smelled smoke and heard the children, a 10-month-old and 3-year-old, crying, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials announced in a Facebook post.

“Went to the door and saw the babies so I jumped the fence and I pulled on the screen door and I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out,” Angulo told KSNV. “I knew I had to get them out.”

Angulo jumped a locked gate and approached the door and saw a little girl. He then broke through a steel security door to get inside, police said.

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“The little girl ran to him and wrapped her arms around his waist,” police continued in the statement. “He could see through the smoke the leg of an infant on the floor. He reached down and pulled the infant out.”

The toddlers were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said, noting in a tweet that the children are okay.

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“Without the quick action of Angulo, the children would have probably suffered severe smoke inhalation with burns,” police said in the statement. “His action certainly saved the children’s life.”

Authorities said a cooking fire started on the stove and quickly spread across the kitchen, gutting the kitchen and living room. A fire official told KSNV that the childrens’ grandfather, who was watching them at the time, was in a back room and couldn’t get to them because of the fire.

The family is now without a home and damage is estimated at $50,000. A nearby apartment had minor smoke damage.