RED BLUFF, Calif. - A Red Bluff garbage truck driver is being hailed as a hero after his quick work Monday morning put out a growing fire in a family home.
For garbage truck driver Hector Dominguez it was just an average Monday along his normal route for Green Waste of Tehama, but around 9:30 a.m. everything changed.
Dominguez was working on Walton Drive when out of no where nearby residents Maricela Villasenor and her daughter Mariela frantically flagged him down.
"I told him 'Help me, help me, help me,'" Maricela said.
Inside their home a kitchen fire was quickly growing and Dominguez was the only person nearby to help.
At the Green Waste of Tehama facility Monday afternoon Dominguez said the fire was "hitting the roof" and called it a "pretty big fire."
With little time to spare, he quickly acted.
"I park the truck and I get out of the truck and go and take the fire extinguisher right away," Dominguez said in broken English. "And I went into the kitchen and big fire in there."
Three blasts with his extinguisher and Dominguez squelched the flames.
A destroyed stove, cupboards and smoke damage remained.
But young Mariela Villasenor says it could have been much worse.
"It would have got in the attic and burned down the house," she said.
With a home to sleep in Monday night, the Villasenors are thankful.
"I told him 'You are my hero,'" Maricela said.
As for those claims, that he is a hero, Dominguez is more humble.
"I do the best I can, you know. I try to help people," he says.
The Villasenor's admit to not having a fire extinguisher in their home. They say they'll soon be remedying that. And thanks to a Red Bluff garbage man, they still have a home to put one in.
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