- Mason Fierro was working on a new roof from the building next door when the fire broke.
- He heard a man yelling for help and saw a dad holding his baby hanging out the window.
- He immediately acted to help without hesitation and caught the 2-month-old baby and another little boy.
A construction worker from New Mexico is being admired for his bravery after saving a 2-month-old baby and a toddler from a burning apartment building in northeast Albuquerque.
According to a report by KOAT-TV, Mason Fierro and other workers were putting a new roof on the building next door when the fire broke out in the apartment.
Mason sprinted to action without hesitation when he heard a man shouting for help from the 2nd floor, he told the news station.
“We saw him hanging out of the window with his baby, his 2-month-old baby,” Mason told KOAT-TV.
“He dropped her. I caught her,” Mason told the outlet of the heroic deed he has done.
“Then they bring out another little boy, two or three years old, then we caught him as well,” Mason said.
Mason can be seen in the video of the incident by the news station where he has his arms wide open ready to catch the children dangling and released to him.
While he was being credited for his heroism, he pointed out that he could not have done it without the help of his brother, Jermaine Gallien, who was there.
“We had each other’s back, and it was just an all-in thing,” he said.
But Jermaine is determined to have his brother take all the credit.
“Just seeing him catch that baby girl and baby boy, it touched me. He stepped up and really became the hero of the day,” Jermaine told KOAT-TV.
After saving the babies, the brothers then went on alerting other people in the building that firefighters have arrived.
Fortunately, the “fire did not spread to adjacent buildings,” said the Albuquerque Fire and Rescue.
Aside from minor smoke inhalation, the father and his kids had no other injuries.
“My son is traumatized, my daughter is thankfully too young to remember it, you know, but we’re just glad we’re here today,” the father Gabriel Lascano told KOB 4.
When the building burst into flames, he knew he and his wife Candace Holmes had to act fast.
“They mean the world to us, imagine having to drop them out of a two-story window,” he told the media outlet. “You’re not sure if you’re going to make it, it’s an awful feeling.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue spokesman, Lt. Tom Ruiz, told CNN how grateful he is that Mason was on the scene.
“Those people were in dire need of rescue (and) weren’t able to wait on us,” he told the outlet. “Those kids are alive because of what those construction workers did quickly and concisely.”