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Minnesota Teen Rescues Two Men From Fire

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St. Paul, MN-A Minnesota teen is being hailed a hero after he helped save two men trapped inside a burning home.

It happened early Monday morning at a home in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ricardo Martinez was playing music at his home across the street when he noticed his neighbor's house was on fire.

The 16-year-old ran across the street, climbed the balcony, and found two men trapped on the second floor.

Martinez was able to get the first victim out, but when he went to rescue the second victim, there was too much smoke , so he had to stand back.

"There were just huge flames coming from the back," said Martinez. "If I’m going to do something, I have to act now. "I only made it to the steps before I turned around because the smoke was just terrible. It was just all heat and black smoke."

Martinez says he tried to climb the balcony, and got hallway up, then his friend Luis got a ladder, which helped him.  He also says the man in the window, tried to call for his brother and attempted to go deeper into the house to find him.

Luckily, firefighters arrived on scene by that time, and the second victim was also rescued.

Both were rushed to the hospital.

Martinez says he feels like he did what he had to do.

Authorities are ruling the fire an arson. A person of interest is being questioned by police.

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