BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — The Beloit City Council honored resident Luis A. Mendoza with a citation for heroism on Monday for heroically saving a mother and her two children who were trapped in a burning apartment building.
The Fire Department says Mendoza was awakened in the early morning hours on May 24th, by the sound of fire crackling outside his Oak Street duplex.
When he opened the door, he found heavy fire and smoke beginning to enter the duplex. According to officials, Mendoza went to the basement apartment to awaken his neighbors, but while he was in the basement, the stairs and the door to the home was consumed by flames.
Mendoza broke a basement window and helped the woman and her children to safety.
After rescuing the trio, Mendoza returned to the building and ran up the burning stairwell to rescue his own dog, but could not find him.
Forced to leave the home due to the intensity of the fire, Mendoza was relieved to discover that his dog had escaped the fire on its own and returned home later that evening.