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St. Louis man credited with saving women trapped in burning apartment complex

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A man saved two after a fire broke out in his apartment complex Tuesday night. (Credit: KMOV) A man saved two after a fire broke out in his apartment complex Tuesday night. (Credit: KMOV)
A man saved two after a fire broke out in his apartment complex Tuesday night.(Credit: KMOV) A man saved two after a fire broke out in his apartment complex Tuesday night.(Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A St. Louis man's quick actions helped save two women trapped inside a burning apartment. 

"I've never done anything like this before in my life." said Monseratt Rodriguez

Monseratt Rodriguez admitted he was afraid when a fire broke out in his apartment complex Tuesday night.

"I got scared, seeing all the fire and all the smoke right in my face," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez dialed 911 but while he was on the phone with a dispatcher, he decided to take action. 

"I saw the lady hanging halfway out the window," said Rodriguez

He went up to the burning apartment and broke a window with his bare hand just to get to the woman. Rodriguez told News 4 once the woman was safe, she started crying and telling him her girlfriend was still in the shower.

"I thought to myself, I can't leave her there," said Rodriguez.

So he headed back towards the burning apartment, screaming and slapping on the building's side in hopes of getting the other woman's attention.

Soon, she too came to the window, and Rodriguez helped her to safety.

"They were hugging me, kissing me, thanking me," said Rodriguez. "They told me I saved their lives."

The fire destroyed the first floor and damaged much of the second level as well. Clean-up volunteers discovered 2 puppies among the rubble still alive Wednesday.

The St. Louis Fire Department told News 4 the Humane Society of Missouri is searching for the owner of the puppies.

Investigators said they are still working to determine the cause of Tuesday night's fire.

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