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A St. Paul firefighter crawls into a second floor window at 424 Goodrich Street to battle a fire and rescue residents during an early morning fire on July 21, 2014. At least two people were rescued from the second floor. Photo by Peter Matthews

Neighbor, 16, saves fire victim in St. Paul duplex

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ST. PAUL -- Ricardo Martinez looked outside and saw the flaming St. Paul duplex. Then the shoeless teenager leaped into action.

“I heard people inside, so my first instinct was to see if I could help anyone,” the 16-year-old said of the early Monday morning fire in which he pulled one man to safety from a second-floor window and attempted to rescue his brother.


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