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CARROLLTON (CBS11) – A young man ran into a burning home to pull his neighbor out of the flames.

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Manuel Carias remained in critical condition Thursday night while many hailed his young neighbor as a hero.

As the home across the street burned with someone still inside, George Melendez knew he couldn’t wait for firefighters.

“Somebody had to do something, so I had a sweater on at the moment, and I put it on, on my face and covered my nose and everything, and I just started crawling in there,” Melendez said.

Moments earlier Melendez and his brother were playing video games when their neighbor knocked on their door pleading for help. That’s when John Fuentes called 911.

“I called them right here as I was going over there,” Fuentes said describing his move across the street.

The fire began inside the bedroom of Carias, who was still inside the home.

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“He came out, and he warned his dad, and then at that point I guess they were just struggling how to get out, and his father made it out through the back, but I guess he got stuck around here,” Melendez explained referring to the living room.

Melendez found Carias passed out on the living room floor. He managed to drag him to the front doorway where Carias’s father helped pull his son out of the house.

“I was pretty scared. I heard a bunch of cracking on the roof, and I was scared that it was going to fall,” Melendez said.

Family members described in burns covering Carias’ body. They say they’re grateful to the young hero who saved him.

“I wouldn’t say hero, just somebody that, somebody needed help, so I just came to help them out, and I would wish the same thing for my family if anything were to happen,” Melendez said.

Late Thursday afternoon the fire department was back out at the home to check on some hot spots. Firefighters tell us they’re not sure if smoke detectors inside the home were working properly, and they urge everyone to check their own smoke detectors regularly.

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