Mar 11, 2016 4:15 PM
Raji Gupta of Manchester was driving home from a friend’s house on Nov. 18 when he spotted flames shooting from an apartment building on Rimmon Street.
He jumped out of his car and ran over to the burning building.
“Everybody was sleeping and nobody knew there was a fire," said Raji, who is being recognized as an Everyday Hero by American Red Cross, NH Chapter. "I yelled ‘fire! You gotta go!'"
It was about 1:15 in the morning and a freezing 20 degrees.
Fire trucks and emergency personnel hadn’t arrived yet. As the flames spread, Raji helped evacuate 11 people from the building.
He heroically rescued two young boys from their third floor apartment.
“I grabbed one child and ran down," Raji said. "Then I ran back up and grabbed the second child and ran back down. I knew there were families that needed to get out of the building."
Local Red Cross volunteers also jumped into action and helped comfort the shocked residents. It’s was Raji’s quick thinking and quick work that helped to save lives.
“There’s a lot of people who would drive by and do nothing,” said Jane Marrati, a Red Cross Volunteer who helped at the scene.
“It’s not easy to run into a burning building. For that person to run in was absolutely wonderful,” said Lorraine Wade, a Red Cross Volunteer.
With Raji’s help, everyone escaped safely, but most of the residents’ belongings were destroyed by the fire.
Raji is among the Everyday Heroes from New Hampshire being recognized Wednesday, March 16th at an awards ceremony to be held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. NH1 News is proud to be partnering with the American Red Cross, NH Chapter for this sold-out event.
» There are multiple updates to this story. Please click here to get the latest information.
6 hours 12 minutes agoWith just 12 days to go until Election Day and the latest polls in New Hampshire’s blockbuster U.S. Senate race indicating a dead heat,...
10 hours 1 minute agoPolice have captured a suspect in a possible abduction in Londonderry NH. They said the woman and a child were found safe. (More)
13 hours 3 minutes agoKelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan talk 1-on-1 with NH1 News ahead of tonight's U.S. Senate debate (More)
13 hours 55 minutes agoMANCHESTER - A man accused of shooting and killing a Manchester man last month has been returned to New Hampshire to face charges. Billy Damuel Maldonado Cancel, 23, was captured in New Britain, Connecticut on October 14th. He was returned to N.H. last night. Maldonado Cancel was listed...