Reader report: Heroism revealed in Delridge fire


Over the weekend, we mentioned the fire that swept through this house early Saturday. Tonight, we have a followup e-mailed by Ricardo Guarnero, proprietor of nearby Cafe Rozella:

Wanted to let you know of an unsung hero in the fire that gutted the house at 9415 Delridge. Six people were sleeping upstairs where neighbor Paul saw a bright light from his window next to the house. He looked out and saw flames bursting out of the lower window. Paul immediately started yelling to wake up the inhabitants. He then ran out and saw a truck with a ladder. Wasting no time, he propped it against the house and helped out all six residents. Had it not been for his timely actions all could have perished. Paul is the owner/mechanic of 944 West, a high-end German automobile repair shop.

Thanks to Ricardo for sharing that. (Also thanks to Trina for posting a comment with similar info, below the original post.) Whatever you see/hear/find out about in your neighborhood, e-mail WSB with info (photos and video welcome too), any time.

5 Replies to "Reader report: Heroism revealed in Delridge fire"

  • TDiamond December 17, 2007 (6:32 pm)

    My husband is also a customer of Paul’s. Not knowing about the fire, my husband was returning a call to Paul and got a hurried response from him – saying he’d call back later. In the meantime, I was checking in on the WSB and saw the house. I knew immediately where it was. I showed the story to my husband, and we then waited anxiously for Paul to call back. Later that night, a very tired Paul called and told us what happened.

    Not only is Paul a terrific business person, he’s a good soul!

    If any of you know him, or have an occasion to talk to him – ask him if you can buy him a glass of chocolate milk! He’ll know what you mean.

    Yea Paul!!!

  • Tom December 17, 2007 (6:59 pm)

    Amazing! Good on you Paul!

  • Lachlan December 17, 2007 (7:08 pm)

    That’s one heckuva good deed for year’s end. Way to go Paul. You are certainly an angel to those 6 people.

  • anonymous December 17, 2007 (9:08 pm)

    Could someone post Paul’s company contact info? I’ve driven by the shop a few times, but can’t find it online.

  • Trina December 19, 2007 (3:00 pm)

    anon: You can reach 944 WEST by calling 206-937-8474.

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