JBLM soldier rescues neighbors in apartment fire

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

LAKEWOOD, Wash.  -- A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier just back from Afghanistan helped rescue neighbors in an apartment fire in Lakewood.

Staff Sergeant Marcus Taylor said he heard kids screaming and car horns about 4 a.m. Monday and looked out his window to see flames at a nearby apartment building.

He rushed over and was told someone was still on the top floor of the two-story building. Taylor says he heard rustling and kicked in a sliding glass door. He told residents to come to the sound of his voice.

"It was just instinct. I really wasn't thinking too much," said Taylor.

Taylor was treated for cuts to his right leg from the breaking glass. A woman from the building was treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone got out OK.

Four units were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nineteen people were displaced by the fire.

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