A passerby who took a wrong turn saved the lives of four people, three of them children, as an intense blaze ripped through a Red Oak, Iowa, home on October 23.
Tender Lehman, the mother of the four people who escaped the fire – ages 8, 14, 17, and 22 – was away in Montana with her husband amid a family emergency, local media said. Footage captured by Lehman’s Ring camera shows the passerby, Brendon Birt, driving past the house before reversing and parking. He can then be seen running toward the home, where, according to local media reports, he pounded on the windows to alert anyone inside. Residents can then be seen fleeing the burning home.
Lehman told Storyful the home’s smoke detectors did not go off, and said her “children’s lives were saved by our hero, Brendon Birt, and his wrong turn.”
The family lost the house and 5 dogs in the fire. According to local news reports the family of six is currently living in a pull-behind camper with two dogs who survived.
A GoFundMe has been set up by Lehman’s mother, who wrote of her daughter’s family, “Anybody who knows them, knows their hearts! They would and have helped everybody who has ever needed it.”
The GoFundMe has raised more than $19,000 in donations so far, with the goal of $30,000 to aid in purchasing a new home. Credit: Tender Lehman via Storyful