Franklin man hailed hero for saving resident, fighting apartment fire

Franklin man hailed hero for saving resident, fighting apartment fire (Image 1)

A maintenance worker is being applauded by Franklin fire officials after they say he got a resident out of his burning apartment building and fought the fire with extinguishers.

Bobby Beiriger took action Monday around 2:30 p.m. when the Ashley Court Apartments on Magnolia Drive caught fire.

Beiriger told authorities he was in his office when residents at the swimming pool told him they saw smoke and flames from a second floor balcony nearby.

He took his set of master keys and an extinguisher, making his way through the apartment to check for occupants.

Beiriger woke the sleeping resident and helped him escape safely before depleting one fire extinguisher to help fight the flames.

He then returned to his office and retrieved two more extinguishers to fight the fire while waiting for Franklin fire crews to arrive.

The fire was ultimately extinguished, damaging the apartment’s balcony and causing only minor smoke damage to a neighboring apartment.

Beiriger was commended for his actions by Franklin Fire Battalion Chief Todd Horton.

“Because of his quick actions, Mr. Beiriger helped to limit the spread of fire and protect other units, and most importantly, he helped the occupant to safely escape,” Horton said in a release.

The damage to the building costs less than $5,000.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Officials said the 10-unit, two-story building was not equipped with automatic fire sprinklers.

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