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Postal Worker Saves 11-Month-Old Twin Boys From Burning Bronx Building

Cause Of Fire Under Investigation
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Scene of a fire in the Bronx on Dec. 18, 2013. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Scene of a fire in the Bronx on Dec. 18, 2013. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A post man, just two weeks on the job, delivered big time when a fire broke out in his Bronx apartment building Wednesday morning.

Germaine Shirley, 30, was dressed and ready to go to work when he smelled smoke in the building at 870 East 220th Street in the Williamsbridge section, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.

Twins saved from a burning Bronx building in a car with their parents. (credit: CBS 2)

Twins saved from a burning Bronx building in a car with their parents. (credit: CBS 2)

He was able to get his wife and 2-year-old daughter to safety, but once outside, Shirley said he heard yelling at the back of the building.

Shirley ran to help and found a man holding his 11-month-old twin sons out a third-floor window.

The man tossed his boys, named Israel and Ishmael, to Shirley who caught the babies and carried them to safety.

“The instinct just kicks in right away because I have family too,” Shirley said.

“I went up on top to catch the baby, put i ton the ground and went to catch the other,” Shirley told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

The twins are at Jacobi Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Papa reported.

“I can’t repay him, I’m just glad that he was there and was late for work,” the boys’ father said, “I would tell him verbally but words can’t explain it. For my side I’m very thankful.”

The fire broke out around 7 a.m. and was brought under control in about an hour.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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