Two people escaped unharmed from a burning Orchard Park apartment Saturday morning with the help of two good Samaritans.
Firefighters were called just before 7 a.m. to extinguish a fire inside a second-story garage apartment at 4928 Chestnut Ridge Road, near Jewett Holmwood Road, Orchard Park police said.
“The two residents were awakened by the smell of smoke in the apartment,” said Orchard Park Lt. Bruce Dearborn. “They went to the only door that the apartment had to try and leave, found that there were flames blocking the exit and returned to the bedroom to kick out the window.”
At that time, two good Samaritans arrived at the scene to help the occupants – Shawn Farrell, 32, and his girlfriend, Brianca Parkin, 25 – exit the second-story window and safely escape the fire, Dearborn said.
One of those good Samaritans was George Khangi, owner of Beerz Food Shop, located nearby. Police did not know the name of the other person.
Farrell and Parkin may have been able to get out of the burning apartment without assistance, but they may not have been able to do it without injury if not for the good Samaritans, Dearborn said.
The garage was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Orchard Park, Hillcrest and Windom volunteer fire companies responded and were assisted by the Reserve, East Aurora and Armor Volunteer fire companies.