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Verizon technicians save family from house fire in Newport News

Two Verizon technicians are being hailed as heroes after they saved a family and their dog from a house fire in Newport News.

Nick Christian and Chris Leonard were working on customers’ internet on a street when they noticed smoke billowing out of a nearby house.

The pair sprang into action, collecting water bottles from their cars to put out the fire.

But when they saw smoke coming out of the roof, Leonard grabbed a garden hose and started spraying the house.

Christian, meanwhile, went to the front door of the house, which was locked.

He banged on it and called 911 until someone unlocked it.

He then helped get three adults, a small child, and a dog to safety.

The Newport News Fire Department arrived shortly after and put out the flames.

They credited the technicians’ quick thinking with preventing the fire from completely engulfing the house.

Christian said the experience was a reminder to always be aware of one’s surroundings.

“You never know what you’re going to run into, but I never thought I would run into this type of situation,” he said.

The family is grateful for the technicians’ quick thinking and bravery.

“It’s a story of two Good Samaritans doing the right thing,” said Lauren Moss of 10 On Your Side.

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