Fire Captain Jiron was attending a family function in Woodstock, VA when he stepped outside the church and saw smoke coming from the rear of a 2-story duplex. He immediately went to investigate and found an attached shed well involved with fire and smoke starting to extend inside.
Jiron went around to the front and kicked in the front door and started shouting "fire department, is anyone here?"
With smoke banking halfway down on the first floor and without personal protective gear or breathing apparatus Jiron searched the first floor and located an adult male sleeping on a couch. He awakened the male and removed him to the exterior. A teen-aged male was also asleep upstairs and was awakened by Jirons announcement of a fire. Jiron escorted this teen to safety as well.
By this time the Woodstock Fire Department was arriving and extinguished the fire.
Woodstock officials are still investigating the cause of the fire ,d credit James Jiron with notification to 911 and for preventing injuries or worse to the occupants.
Captain Jiron is currently assigned to the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831.
Mark E. Brady