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Video: This Hero Saved A Rack Of Ribs From A Burning Building

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In what must be the truest test of a quality rack of ribs, one Fresno man braved an apartment fire to save his late night meaty snack. After he saved his kids, of course.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, firefighters responded to a call at a six-unit building near Cedar and Bullard Avenues and found one apartment completely on fire, reports KMPH in Fresno. Fortunately, a mother and her six-year-old son who lived in the unit were able to escape the flames through a back window and were later treated at a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation. Meanwhile, Robert Wright—who lived in the unit next door—managed to carry his kids to safety out of the burning building. After rescuing his family, Wright then returned to his apartment to rescue the ribs he had been cooking up for some late night munchies.

"I got my kids, and I thought about my ribs," Wright told KMPH in a video since posted to YouTube. "I didn't want my ribs to burn and stuff because I take pride in what I do, man." While proudly holding the giant, delicious-looking rack of ribs recounts his tale of heroism. Sadly, though, there was no time to rescue the hot links he was also cooking that night.

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Fire officials do not believe Wright and his ribs had anything to do with the fire. "From what we could tell, the rib guy had no responsibility in the fire," Fire Department spokesman Pete Martinez told the L.A. Times. "He just happened to be cooking ribs at the time, which is phenomenal." That said, the department does not endorse other such culinary rescues, "Nothing is worth losing your life over," Martinez said. "No matter how delicious those ribs are, you can make 'em again."

Wright, who is originally from Oakland, managed to escape from the fire unscathed. He was unhurt from the fire, but did manage to inhale some smoke while rescuing the ribs. But, then again, as said, "I already had smoke in my lungs".