A 20-year-old in Maryland is being celebrated as a hero after he helped a woman escape her blazing house.
“I didn’t really think much,” Tré Williams told local NBC affiliate WBAL-TV. “It was just an instinct.”
Williams came across the house fire Wednesday while walking home from class at Anne Arundel Community College in suburban Glen Burnie.
Gail Johnston, 80, was trapped inside the house.
Willias usually takes the bus home — but decided to walk home instead due to the weather.
Johnston’s family expressed their gratitude for Williams’ heroic effort, touting his bravery and humility. Anne Arundel County fire officials said that the fire likely started in a mulch pile after smoking materials were improperly discarded.
“Thankfully, a young person like that, going up there and taking the initiative to bang on the door and get somebody out, he’s just, he’s a brave, brave soul, because the house was on fire,” Johnston’s daughter, Carleen Perez, told WBAL-TV. “I ran up and gave him a hug and said, ‘Thank you,’ and he said, ‘You’re welcome,’ like it wasn’t a big deal.”
Williams later returned to Johnston’s home to check on her and her family with his mother.
“I don’t think I really did anything too spectacular,” Williams said. “I think anyone in that situation would have done the same thing because any of us would want someone to help us if they needed us to.”
Perez said that her mother sustained minor injuries and received treatment at a local hospital.