PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man helped save lives during an early morning house fire.

Tyler Hanson happens to be a volunteer firefighter in Rutherford. He said he spotted smoke coming from a house on Union Avenue in Passaic on his way to work on Monday.

No one was on the scene yet.

Volunteer firefighter Tyler Hanson was on his way to work in Rutherford, New Jersey, on Dec. 31, when he happened to see smoke coming out of a house in Passaic. From there, his instincts took over. (Photo: CBS2)

The home’s residents weren’t even awake, so the good Samaritan woke them up and helped get them out.

“He actually went inside, and found where the fire was at, which was in the attic. He took everybody out, told me exactly where the fire was at,” Passaic Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Burgos said.

Fire officials are reminding citizens to never run into a burning building untrained.

Hanson is a trained professional. Thanks to his efforts, no one was injured.


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