14-year-old saves kids from burning building

LONG ISLAND (PIX11) – Talk about teamwork.

A Long Island police officer and a 14-year-old boy are both being credited with rescuing more than a dozen people from a burning house.

Not just burning, but fully engulfed in flames.

This video from a neighbor shows just how intense that fire burned.

In a matter of minutes, the home was gone.

“Just flames everywhere.  Living room flamed out.  Glass breaking.  And all I see was them stuck in the room,” said 14-year-old David Ortiz, who was the first one on the scene.

This shy kid is the big hero from across the street.

“My first reaction was I need to get a ladder.  So I ran back to my yard, got one.  And I told Ryan to break the window.”

David rescued his friend and a 3-year-old boy.

And more help was on the way.

“Kids were screaming.  I said you need to get here as soon as possible.  It took a few minutes but they came,” Ortiz said.

Everyone made it out alive, there were only some minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

But it’s a situation that wouldn’t have been possible if a 14-year-old boy hadn’t acted fast.

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