Thomas Smith was living with his friend and her two granddaughters when a loud noise woke him up in the middle of the night on Friday. Smith, who spoke with KPRC2, quickly realized the noise was due to a fire that was engulfing the Houston home. Instead of running away and never looking back, Smith turned full-on firefighter.
He went into his longtime friend's bedroom and discovered debris had fallen onto her bed. Smith cleared the debris and brought his friend outside. Then he completed his heroics and re-entered the home to save the woman's sleeping 8- and 10-year-old granddaughters. "I woke them up and took them outside," Smith modestly said.
The home—where the woman has lived for 40 years—is still standing, but everything inside is ruined.
Smith was apparently anxious over not being able to properly repay his friend for her kindness, but saving the life of her and her family should clear his conscience.