We all know that it would be a challenge to open the family home to a homeless person, even if it were someone who is a former friend. However, last year a kind woman in Houston did just that, providing a place to stay for Thomas Smith, a long-time friend who had reached the point of homelessness.
After only a few days of staying in the spare bedroom of his friend’s home, Smith was given the opportunity to repay her kindness, but in a most unexpected way.
He was awoken suddenly in the middle of the night.
Smith was sleeping comfortably one night in early January 2016, when he was woken suddenly by a blast at around 1:30 a.m.
There was something very wrong and a fire was starting to break out in the attic.
Though he was afraid, the family had provided comfort and hope to Smith, and his first thought was to get to his friend and rush her out of the house to safety.
He found her under a pile of rubble in her bedroom.
“I jumped out the bed and ran to her room, and something was on top of her—sheetrock and what not,” he told KPRC2. “I told her, ‘Get up out the bed!’”
After getting his friend to safety he ran back in to the burning house to get his friend’s granddaughters, aged 8 and 10, who were sleeping in a room nearby.
While the house was badly damaged by the fire, all of them made it out unhurt.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 15, 2016
Firefighters think the fire was likely caused by an electrical fault.
Smith claims no heroism, and still remains completely thankful for the home that his friend and her granddaughters had provided for him.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a hero,” he told KHOU. “I just thank God for helping us all. Not a hero.”
He said that his friend is the hero for having opened up her home to him only a few days before.
As a guest in her home Smith made it clear that he owed it to his long-time friend to put her safety and needs first when this unexpected fire occurred.
While her home of over 40 years, containing all of her valuable and sentimental belongings, was extensively damaged she can be thankful that Smith was in her life at just the right time, and willing to put his life in danger to save her and her granddaughters.
Sometimes it is our friends who are the most wonderful heroes, either for bringing us into a comfortable family home, or pulling us out the front door when rescue is needed.