MILFORD, Ind. — Roofing can be a dangerous job, but perhaps it's that courage needed to hop on a roof every day that helped saved the lives of two Milford residents and a baby.
The Goshen News reported that John McQuade and Micah Mansfield, who work for Widman Builders Inc. in Warsaw, were working on a roof on April 7 when, around 1 p.m., they heard shouts from the second story window of the house next door.
“We heard somebody yelling, ‘Help! Help! Please help! We got a baby!’ I looked over the eaves and saw smoke coming out of the upper window and a woman down below screaming for help,” McQuade told the Goshen News.
The shouts came from a woman standing in front of the home. They climbed down to investigate and saw another woman holding a baby out of the window as smoke poured out of the home. The roofers sprang into action, grabbing one of their ladders and setting it against the home. The Goshen News states McQuade climbed the ladder and passed the baby to the woman on the ground. Two other people in the house followed him down the ladder. The residents said another person was in the home, but they managed to escape out of the back.
Around five minutes later, fire crews arrived to battle the flames. About 50 firefighters were on the scene and finally had the fire under control at 2:15 p.m. The home is considered a total loss, but fire officials state no one was transported to local hospitals for injuries.
According to the Goshen News, McQuade and Mansfield went back to working on their roofing project during the fire response. They said they were simply in the right place at the right time to help.
“Aw, no, I’m not a hero,” Mansfield said. “I’m feeling the adrenaline rush still. The adrenaline cool down.”