Long Island Man Saves Family Of 5 From House Blaze

Ericke Landeros Was Literally In Right Place At The Right Time

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island home was destroyed but five lives and five pets were saved — because of a man who was just driving by.

“This is Houdini. This is Tinkerbell and Cody the chinchilla is running around,” Kathleen Calcano told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long Island

Little Tinkerbell, a bunny saved from a house fire - Brentwood, NY - Feb 15, 2011 - Photo: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880

Little Tinkerbell, a bunny saved from a house fire - Brentwood, NY - Feb 15, 2011 - Photo: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880

Calcano clutched her rabbits and doted on her dog “Holly” on Tuesday thanks to the quick action of a courageous passerby who rushed toward roaring flames, and banged on doors. The Calcanos, their pets, and college-age tenants made it out alive from their Brentwood home.

“Here this man comes down the road, sees my house on fire, doesn’t know me, doesn’t know anybody in the house, doesn’t know what he’s walking into and he helped us,” Calcano said.

It was after 1 a.m. when fire erupted on the carport and swept into the first floor. At precisely that moment a security guard from Patchogue happened to be driving by on his way to work.

“Everybody was sleeping, so I broke right through the front door, and started checking, and there was five people inside the house. I called the police and they were still trying to get to me, but I got all the five people outside,” Erick Landeros said.

“They probably would have burned,” Landeros told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “Everybody was sleeping. Nobody knew about it. It’s horrible. Someone just lost their house… it makes you feel really bad.”

Amazingly, no one was hurt. Emergency crews burst on the scene with 50 area firefighters. The Calcano’s son, John, said the emotion was too much to bear.

“I pretty much heard her crying. She was screaming,” John Calcano said of his mother. “Yes, she was devastated.”

But a caring guardian angel kept them calm.

brentwood l i fire Long Island Man Saves Family Of 5 From House Blaze

Brentwood, L.I. Fire (credit: CBS 2)

“I think it’s wonderful what he did. I hope people will start following his example and start taking care of each other more,” Kathleen Calcano said.

“I don’t feel like a hero. I feel like a normal person. I’m glad they are good and they’re healthy,” Landeros said.

What the Calcanos will always remember is that overwhelming tragedy has given way to the good deeds and kindness of a total stranger.

Kathleen Calcano grew up in the Brentwood home her parents helped build. She said she fears it will now be condemned.

What do you think of what Landeros did? Sound off in our comments section below.

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  • Liseth Perla

    Im glad that mr erick landeros saved these people from the fire but He is nothing special. I am the mother of one of his children and my boy just turned five years old on the 23 and this man mr erick landeros has not even cared if his son is alive. Has never provided support !!! I tried to put him on child support because he claimed DNA but has never got in contact with them . So he might be a hero to all of you but he is a disappointment to me and I hope my son doesn’t see what his daddy has been doing for others and not for him.


    My thought go to the family hope u get a safe place to live but the most important thing is that you are alive and safe the house could be replaced. Also to erick for his heroic act is also shown that we risk our life for anyone whether we know them or not AND THAT A SPANISH PERSON DOESNT SEE THE DIFFERENCE OF BEING FROM A DIFFERENT RACE. IT SHOULD BE SEEN THAT WE ARE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY TO SUCCEED AND SOME IMPRESSIVE THINGS NOT TO HURT ANYBODY> THIS SHOULD BE SEEN AS A LESSON FOR THE RACISM.

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  • tony

    He will be rewarded by God.

  • Stacey Plescia Delise

    ANGELS, sorry about the typo

  • Stacey Plescia Delise

    Not all angles have wings. What a wonderful thing to risk your life to help save others that you don;t even know. God Bless! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It is a very tough thing to go through, I have been there but you will carry your memories , and get shelter. Lives can not be replaced. It will get better! God was watching over you all!

  • ed lopez

    every heroes like him should recommended & honored by the city mayors & governors, so many will follow..

  • freshta

    I am happy to see there are good people in this world with God in their hearts…It is hard to find this amongst people

  • leonoraj

    god willbless this manerick landeros,when are we going to wake up?just to follow the footstep of being a a friend ,a brother,a sister,as well as a paerents in need?wish,president obama will recognze the heroistic deeds of erick landeros..to erick..may your tribe increase..god bless you.

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