Thick smoke poured from the apartment building as fire ripped through the structure while residents ran for their lives to escape the inferno but Robert Wright knew exactly what he had to do.
After making sure that his family was safe, the Fresno, Calif., man then braved the conflagration to make one last rescue–a rack of barbecued ribs he was preparing when the fire broke out.
“First thing, I got my kids, and I thought about my ribs. Like, I didn’t want my ribs to burn and stuff because I take pride in what I do, man,” Wright told KMPH News Photojournalist Ryan Hudgins in a video interview that has gone viral.
The video, which received more than 400,000 views within the first 48 hours, shows Wright outlining his nerve-racking rescue of the tender victuals as he held them up for the camera like a championship belt.
Wright said that he was preparing the late-night snack at about 3 a.m. when he noticed fire coming from an adjacent apartment.
“It’s like three o’clock in the morning; I was hungry, man,” said Wright . “Put the ribs on there, man, some hot links and stuff. We got it going and stuff, but I looked over, the fire was bursting out. Like, man, this is crazy, man. … It was frantic.”
Fire officials said that seven other people along with Wright and his family were forced to relocate due to the fire. Because of the late hour that Wright decided to have his cookout, Fresno fire authorities received several calls about Wright’s involvement with the blaze.
“From what we could tell, the rib guy had no responsibility in the fire,” Fire Department spokesman Pete Martinez said. “He just happened to be cooking ribs at the time, which is phenomenal.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.