UPS driver who saved man from burning home credits heroism to adrenaline, God’s will

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LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – A UPS driver has found himself in the spotlight after saving a man from a burning home while out delivering packages.

The Longview Fire Department said in a Facebook post that they got a call for a residential structure fire on W. Primrose Lane on Monday. They said a UPS driver reportedly broke down the front door and rescued a sleeping occupant.

The UPS driver, Daniel Carmichel, was out on his delivery run when he rolled up to a home in flames. It was the right place at the right time.

“When I pulled up to the street, I got out to deliver a package and on the way to the door I started to smell something burning,” said Carmichel.

Ben Slater, the homeowner, was inside completely unaware of the smoke. Suddenly, he heard rapid knocking at his door. “I heard someone knocking at the door and then my door busted open,” said Slater.

“I just started kicking the door and eventually I was able to kick it in and I went in and started hollering as loud as I could so I could wake whoever up.”

DANIEL CARMICHEL, UPS DRIVER

Carmichel credits his heroism to his adrenaline and God’s will.

“I think it’s God’s will that I was over there that afternoon, it’s not on my route at all.”

DANIEL CARMICHEL, UPS DRIVER

For the Slater family, despite the severe damage, he and his wife Kateland are just happy Ben’s alive.

“That type of instinct, that type of situation that everybody thinks about being in and what would you do, and he took action and saved our home, and saved my life maybe,” said Ben Slater.

After Carmichel’s heroic act, crews gained access through the attic where they found heavy smoke and fire conditions.

The fire is believed to have started in the laundry room wall and traveled to the attic. Though there is damage to the house, everyone is safe.

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