DENVER (CBS4)– Two brothers rushed to the scene of a house fire to help a family escape from their burning home.

The fire broke out overnight on Knox Court near Federal and Evans.

“I still heard people inside so my first instinct was just to run inside,” said Patrick Gutierrez, one of the Good Samaritans.

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Gutierrez and his brother saw the flames as they were driving to his home in the neighborhood around 1:00 a.m. He ran toward the house and his brother was close behind to help the family.

One woman was already out when he got there, but two men were still inside.

“We thought it was a bonfire,” he said. “Then we looked and realized it was definitely not a bonfire.”

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(credit: Brad and Cheri Davis)

The three people at the home along with Gutierrez were all taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and later released. The house has damage on all sides and had to be boarded up.

“It was definitely a crazy scene, it was like a cloud had just landed over the house,” he said. “It was a pretty insane scene, you see that stuff in the movies.”

While some witnesses have said Gutierrez and his brother were instrumental in saving the family, he brushes the suggestion off. The family cannot live in their home but has family in town they can stay with while they are displaced.

“It’s still kind of a surreal moment, still kind of shocking,” said Gutierrez. “If it was me, I’d want someone to do it for me.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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