RED BANK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –A missing pair of boots is on its way back to its rightful owner.
A New Jersey firefighter went all out to save a burning home, and had something valuable stolen at the scene of the blaze.READ MORE: Walker Scores 19, Knicks Romp To End 15-Game Skid Vs 76ers
Ferocious flames tore through a Red Bank home on Thursday. The three-alarm blaze demolished the house, leaving only the front steps standing.
As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, volunteer firefighters gave it all they had to save the structure, including William Story. He said he just wrapped up at work when he heard the call and drove straight to the scene.
“Threw on my gear, didn’t think anything about anyone taking my boots,” he said.
He left his work boots beside the passenger door and ran to help get the flames under control.
They spent three hours fighting the fire. When he returned to his truck, the boots were gone.
“Who would do that? I’m there volunteering my time, my life with the rest of the firemen,” he said.
Story checked his dash mounted Go-Pro to see if it caught the thief in action.
“Saw this guy drive up the sidewalk with people walking on the sidewalk, turn around, and stop next to my truck,” he said.READ MORE: Flames Use 4-Goal Outburst In 1st Period To Beat Devils
He said that’s when he thinks the boots were lifted. They were just regular work boots — a newer version of the ones he now wears. They cost about $150, but it’s not about they money.
“I don’t care if he gets charged for it, or even returns the boots. It’s just something you shouldn’t do,” he said.
Sea Bright Fire Rescue posted pictures from the scene on their Facebook page hoping someone might be able to help find the person responsible.
The comments kept coming. Several friends offered new boots, and others just seemed disgusted that someone would sink so low.
“It’s crazy,” Daniel Rosales said.
Mark Taylor called the act despicable.
“Not only are they volunteers, they’re putting their lives on the line,” he said.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/27 Wednesday Morning Forecast
On Friday evening, CBS2 learned that a woman dropped the boots off at Sea Bright boro hall.