CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman who escaped a fire in her own Charlotte apartment unit went back to warn her neighbors as she was calling 911.
That recorded 911 call captured Angelits Casey banging on her neighbors doors to warn them.
“Get out! There’s a fire!” she could be heard.
The 911 operator tries to warn her, saying “We don’t want you to go back inside. We’re getting trucks to come help you now.”
She does not respond but can be heard yelling, “It’s bad. Go people! Come on people.”
The fire started in Casey’s kitchen in her ground floor unit of the complex located at 7525 Quail Wood Drive.
Casey says she was going to cook some eggs but had turned on the wrong burner. She said she walked away to get dressed and something on the stove caught fire.
Casey said she had only one thought in mind after getting out of her unit, and that was to wake her neighbors, some of whom were still sleeping at 6:30 a.m.
“Because of the time of the morning, there was no other way they were going to know unless I tell them and let them know there was a fire,” she said.
Charlotte firefighters were able to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading from Casey’s unit.
A neighbor, John Hamilton, said he was grateful someone made the effort to warn people.
“I got up and all of a sudden you just hear loud banging noises and ‘Get out, get out. Fire!’” he said.
Casey says she doesn’t think she is a hero, and is just sorry that she is the one who accidentally started the fire.