He’s being hailed as a true American hero.
Fresno resident Robert Wright was up cooking ribs at 3 a.m. Tuesday, when he saw that his neighbor’s apartment was on fire. Even though his ribs meant a lot to him, Wright had the presence of mind to go check up on his family.
“The fire was bursting out of the window … It was crazy man, really crazy,” Wright told KMPH Fox26 News in an on-air interview that is now going viral. "I got my kids first and I thought about my ribs, like I don't want to let my ribs burn and stuff, ‘cos I take pride in what I do.”
“I got everybody out safely ... I carried everybody out myself, man,” he said. Wright was also able to save his rack of ribs.
Wright even held them up on camera to show everyone that they were fine. “It was real frantic out there, it was real serious, but I’m going to enjoy this barbecue tonight … Hopefully they can put us up in a motel,” he said.
Wright, who says he’s from West Oakland, wasn’t injured in the fire. “Except for all that smoke in my lungs, I’m all right.” he said.