Updated: October 16, 2020 06:28 PM
Created: October 16, 2020 04:17 PM
BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two young men who woke up to their apartment building on fire sprang into action and likely helped save the lives of their neighbors. Now, though, one of them is fighting for his own life.
Tyler Mirra. 24. is in critical condition following a massive fire at the Viking Apartments in Brockport earlier this week.
“My window was open and I smelled something burning,” Matt Cooper recalls.
He shot right out of bed,
“I knocked on Tyler's door and told him there's a fire and we need to get out, we ran outside... we were knocking on our neighbors' doors to alert them and make sure they got safe,” he tells News10NBC.
Tyler Mirra is Cooper’s roommate and older cousin. Cooper says because there were no alarms going off, the two made sure to knock on every door in the building,
“I just wanted everyone to be safe, I know a lot of people from that complex, we’re like a big family so I just wanted to make sure everybody was safe and out of the way at harm,” he says.
But when Cooper got outside, he noticed that Mirra had gone back into their apartment. So, he went back in to assist him.
Cooper has a burn mark on his hand from trying to open the apartment door, he knew Mirra was stuck on the other side, “when I busted it down (the door) there was black smoke coming out, he was crawling out from it... just all burnt up and I had to help them out and down the stairs,” he recalls.
Mirra was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
“He's an amazing guy, super funny making everybody and anybody laugh no matter what. He's my older cousin but he's always been the big brother that I never had and I told him that,” Cooper says.
Mirra is a long-time employee of The Firing Pin in Bergen. The owner, Brandon Lewis, is one of his best friends.
“You want to rush to the hospital, you want to be there and see them and try to support them however you can and that’s just not possible now with COVID so, it’s been hard,” Lewis tells News10NBC. So, Lewis is doing what he can from afar.
“He's got an extremely long road ahead of him but he's a tough kid,” he says.
The Firing Pin has been raising money through a GoFundMe page for Cooper and Mirra.
“I haven't even really been worrying about losing everything, I'm not even sure if that's really hit me…I’ve just been so worried about Tyler this whole time,” Cooper says.
Friday, he got some promising news, “he (Mirra) was awake for a little bit, my aunt FaceTimed us and he gave us a little thumbs up... he seemed all there mentally which was a huge relief for me because he's just been all I've been worried about this whole time,” he says.
A local Café is collecting donations for all the fire victims. You can find that effort here.
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