‘It was very split second’

Volunteer firefighter Elijah Kale was off-duty when he drove by a house fire.

“I knew something wasn’t right, found out a girl was trapped up in there,” said Elijah Kale. “The smoke had filled the entire house.”

With no backup and no gear, Elijah, who has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 14 years old, found a ladder to rescue the girl trapped on the second floor.