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Firefighting legend comes out of retirement to help battle raging apartment fire in Houston


65-year-old Michael “Smitty” Smith came out of retirement this week to help the Houston Fire Dept put out an apartment fire.

It took over 100 firefighters to get the blaze under control in the 5300 block of Richmond on Wednesday.

As fast-moving flames ripped through the complex, the hometown hero, who dedicated his life to the dept., was there to help knock them down.

When Smitty saw his fellow firefighters from Station 28 on the news battling the fire, “under the hot August sun,” he sprinted into action– Chron reported.

Amazingly, no one was hurt in the three- alarm blaze, but the flames destroyed everything the residents owned.

Smitty says he was just happy to be there to help.

After more than four decades of service, he says it’s not his nature to just sit around and enjoy his retirement. “It’s like the old fire horses, when they hear the bell, they go,” Smitty said.

He’d like to stay active and says, even if he moves out of town, he’ll join a volunteer dept somewhere else.  “It’s in my blood,” he says.


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