These are the ribs Wright made sure to save after making sure his kids were safe. (Image source: YouTube)
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"I didn't want to let my ribs burn, because I take pride in what I do, man."
When Robert Wright saw a fire break out in his apartment complex, he first took care of his kids — and then his ribs.
"I was barbecuing and I see this fire just come out, the window busted out, man," Wright, who is from California's Bay Area, but was in Fresno at the time, told KMPH-TV. "Only thing I think first, man, make sure them ribs is right and ran in and got my family, man, and brought everybody out safely. Man, I carry everybody out myself, man."
Wright said he first got his kids out and then took care of the ribs.
"I didn't want to let my ribs burn, because I take pride in what I do, man," he said. "It was like 3:00 in the morning, I was hungry, man. I was like, man, put them ribs on there, man."
Wright said the situation was "frantic" and "real serious."
"But yeah, man, I'm going to enjoy this barbecue, have good night, man. Hopefully they put us in a motel," he said, adding that he felt he was owed that.
According to the KSFN-TV, the fire occurred around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and damaged one apartment specifically, displacing the family of six who lived there. The news station reported that a mother and child escaped through the window.
KMPH reported that the mother and 6-year-old boy were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation from the fire.
The news station reported that Wright approached a KMPH photographer on the scene, explaining that he was a neighbor of the family impacted by the fire.
Watch the interview with KMPH:
You might be among those who think that this man's interview was fake, a joke or just someone trying to get some viral 15 minutes of fame, but Ryan Hudgins, a photojournalist for the news station, responded to "everyone thinking this was fake," saying "let me tell you it was very real."
"I interviewed him and he was legit. I also regret not tasting the ribs, they looked good and smelt great!" he continued in a comment on the video posted to Facebook.
Another commenter, Josceline Winchester, said she went to school with Wright and knows him personally.
"He is a good person," Winchester wrote. "This is just how he is.. He always tries to make people laugh."
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