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Two boys help save their neighbors from a fire in their apartment building

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RJ Stockton, 11, and Freddie King, 10, helped save dozens of their neighbors when their apartment building in Romulus, Michigan, caught on fire Sunday evening. (Image source: WDIV-TV screenshot)

Two boys helped save dozens of their neighbors when their apartment building in Romulus, Michigan, caught on fire Sunday evening, WXYZ-TV reported.

According to WDIV-TV, RJ Stockton, 11, and Freddie King, 10, were walking home from a nearby park when they realized their building was on fire.

“When we were walking, I was thinking just to help people,” RJ told WDIV. “And we saw the smoke, then we went on the other side and saw the fire.”

How did they help?

The boys ran into the building and knocked on their neighbors’ doors, telling them to evacuate.

“We were yelling, ‘It's a fire! Get out, get out, get out,’” RJ said.

Freddie told WDIV, “I try not to be scared, but my leg was shaking and stuff.”

The boys said they knew they had to help save people from the fire.

“So they won't fall out or be sad or die and stuff,” Freddie said.

Kevin Krause, the deputy fire chief of the Romulus Fire Department, told WDIV that the fire department rushed to the building, but the fire was already blazing when they arrived.

“Parts of the roof were already breaking through with heavy flames and smoke,” Krause said.

What do the boys want to do when they grow up?

Freddie told WDIV that he wants to be a “policeman so I can help people” or a firefighter “so no one will be in danger.”

RJ wants to become a lawyer.

“I watch a lot of shows about lawyers and it's interesting,” RJ said.

What will happen to the building’s residents?

WXYZ reported that the Red Cross is working to help the building’s residents who were displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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