A Tri-City Herald carrier is credited with alerting authorities in time to rescue a Navy veteran and his four children from a burning Richland home Saturday morning.
Tomas Pangelinan, 20, was delivering the Saturday newspaper when he discovered a home on fire at 925 Long Ave. near Thayer Drive.
Pangelinan said a large portion of the house was on fire when he arrived. He woke neighbors and called 911.
“I actually throw to that house. That’s why I was there,” he said.
Richland Fire & Emergency Services confirmed the family escaped without injury.
Shannon Lewis of the American Red Cross identified the homeowner as a Navy veteran who lived at the house with his four children. She said the Red Cross provided housing, clothing and other assistance after they were forced to relocate. William P. Briggs is the property owner, according to Benton County property records.
Heather Henderson, who lives around the corner, said Pangelinan was careful to alert neighbors to ensure everyone stayed safe.
“They were awoken by police pounding on the windows after the paper boy called 911,” she said. “I don’t think he knows what he did was awesome.”