Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Heroic 22-Year-Old Video Gamer Rescues Octogenarian from Mobile Home Fire

house on fire home.jpg
Photo by Benjamin Page via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.

Here’s a story for the next time someone tells you that video games make you a violent/useless sociopath/stoner: this morning, a 22-year-old Westminster man who was in the midst of a video game rescued his 87-year-old neighbor, who was overcome by smoke in a mobile home fire across the street.

“It could have been a lot worse if the neighbor did not intervene," Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told City News Service. “The man could have had more serious injuries."

“A 22-year-old neighbor across from him was playing video games and basically looked out his window and saw the fire," Concialdi said. “He ran into his neighbor's house and was able to successfully exit him out."

The victim was treated at the scene and refused a trip to the hospital. The fire caused around $25,000 in damage.

Support for LAist comes from

We called the O.C. Fire Authority to get the heroic Grand Theft Auto player’s name but haven’t heard back yet. Either way, we’re guessing it’ll be on Reddit soon.

UPDATE: KABC reports the 22-year-old gamer is Misrael Flores.

"I did what I could. I see his house engulfed in flames. I see him on the ground so I picked him up and I brought him to my house. He's doing good now. He told me everything was an electrical problem," Flores told the station.

An O.C. Fire spokesman told LAist the fire was sparked by an extension cord.

Most Read