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Vanishing Good Samaritan

April 28, 2009 4:23:16 PM PDT
People in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia want to find out something about the man who saved young lives from a fire Monday. He came and went without recognition, but he has the eternal thanks of an entire neighborhood.

Crews' secured windows at a home on Carlisle Street a day after fire forced the family that lives there to live somewhere else for now. Neighbors say a passerby first noticed flames in an upstairs window.

"And when the gentleman said the house is on fire, we said no, we've got the pit out here. He said miss that house is on fire."

Yvonne Glenn says the man became agitated when neighbors thought he'd mistaken her grill smoke for a house fire.

Neighbors say the family reportedly ran a day care in the home. When furniture store workers across the street yelled children were inside, the passerby took action.

"All I heard was open the door. And when he opened the door I was right behind him," said Kevin Matos.

They rescued six infant and preschool age children, who were sleeping upstairs where the fire started. An adult was reportedly downstairs on a computer. The fire department doused the flames before they spread downstairs. It appears an open flame from a candle or match sparked the fire. A smoke detector with a dead battery never sounded.

"He probably saved our homes as well as the children. Because that fire could have crawled across there and nobody notice it."

But as mysteriously as the Good Samaritan appeared, he disappeared, just vanished.

"And I thought maybe I could put something in the paper just to say thank you."

Neighbors say if they never saw him again, they'll not forget his life saving heroics.

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