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Assignment Editor Leads Rescue at Burning Building Across the Street From KCCI Studios

A fire broke out early Monday morning in an apartment building located across the street from the KCCI studios in downtown Des Moines and assignment editor Tom Torpy sprang into action, eventually leading two of the building’s residents to safety.

Torpy began knocking on doors, shouting that there was a fire as black smoke began billowing out of the building’s windows.

“The scanner started going off with a fire call and the address was right across the street from us,” Torpy explained.

He ran over to the building and began shouting, “Your building’s on fire! Your building’s on fire!”

At the time, there were two residents asleep in the building’s basement apartment and Torpy lead them to safety as fire trucks arrived to put out the flames. No one was hurt in the fire.

KCCI reported on Torpy’s rescue yesterday–video available here.

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