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Cable contractor jumps into action when Charleston apartment catches fire

A cable installer turned into a hero when two people were trapped inside their Terrace Park East apartment by a fire Thursday afternoon. (WCHS/WVAH)

A cable contractor turned into a hero when two people were trapped inside their apartment by a fire Thursday afternoon.

Aaron Hayes was working inside the Terrace Park East Apartment complex on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston when he heard a woman yelling for help and saw smoke.

He said he and another man kicked in the door and managed to grab the woman and get her to safety.

Hayes said the smoke was so thick in the apartment, he couldn’t get to a second person that was inside, but firefighters arrived just a few minutes later and got the man to safety.

Hayes said he didn’t have time to think, he just jumped into action.

“My adrenaline was up. I was scared, I’m not going to lie. I was scared. I was more scared for the people in the room,” Hayes said.

The man was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. The woman is expected to be OK.

The fire was contained to one apartment, but other units suffered smoke and water damage.

The call came in as a fair in an air conditioning unit, but an investigation into the cause is still underway.

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