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Jul 12, 2013 4:11 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Courageous People Pull Victims From Burning Home

CORPUS CHRISTI - As you can imagine, emotions were running high on Holmes Drive Friday morning. Neighbors were confused as to what was going on and first responders were doing what they could to help.

Through all the chaos some good samaritans stepped in to pull people from their burning homes. Mike Obenhaus and Omar Zitooni are local heroes after instinctively running to rescue victims in need.

"Probably the craziest thing I've ever been a part of. I started crying once it all happened, seeing blood, people all sliced up, and kids crying," Obenhaus said.

It was tear jerking for the two men to see the black smoke filling the sky as they quickly made their way across the La Palmera Mall parking lot to aid victims trapped inside their homes.

"We were at Ihop and heard an explosion, we ran outside, we thought a car ran into Ihop but come to find out we saw the smoke, so we started running over there," Zitooni said.

Zitooni and Obenhaus quickly began pulling people out of the burning home that was right next to the house that was leveled in the blast.

Fire officials say it's thanks to Zitooni and Obenhaus's heroic actions that saved lives.

"It was a little boy and little girl, a guy, he was all cut up and a mom and dad," Obenhaus added.

"Afterwards, we ran back into the fire when they told us not too, and we found a person there. We got him on a stretcher and into the ambulance, and I just hope everything's all right," Zitooni said.

Zitooni has first aid experience and says he was just at the right place at the right time. He says anyone in that situation would have done the same thing.

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