SEAGOVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — When Seagoville Police Officer Sam Click arrived at a home early Saturday morning, his body camera caught the sound of a loud scream and fire ripping through the building.
The screaming was coming from neighbor Shelby Hood who was yelling for the family to wake up.
Once Click got closer to the duplex, another neighbor could be seen running towards the fire.
“I got people inside that are trapped,” Click radios back to his dispatch. As he sees neighbor Jeremy Giblaint (who also happens to be related to the family inside the burning home) run into the home, Click makes a quick decision to do the same. “I’m going inside the house.”
“The fire department, their minutes away and I don’t think we had minutes,” Click said in an interview with KXAS.
The two men broke through a door and made their way inside. Inside the North Texas home, a dad and his six children were sound asleep. Click woke up the father as Gilblaint and another officer picked up the rest of the children.
“He went against orders to come in here to put his life on the side to rescue my nephews,” Giblaint said. “You can’t ask anybody to do that. It takes a special kind of person to put your life on the line for others.”
Everyone made it out with any injuries. KXAS reports the mother was at work when the fire started.
The fire started in the garage but authorities have not released a cause.