Heroic Man Scales Balcony To Save Neighbors From Apartment Inferno

A Memphis man is being called a hero after helping neighbors escape a burning apartment building.

Justin Greer, 31, said seven or eight people, including children, were trapped on the third floor and stranded on a balcony.

“My mom ran and told me, ‘There’s people, their house is on fire, they need help,'” Greer said. “You could not go to the front door. The front door was engulfed in flames.”


“The only thing going through my mind was God, and just, help these people. I didn’t see anything else. I didn’t see the fire, I just ran right through it.”

Greer climbed up to the balcony. He said he helped carry the trapped neighbors and passed them to people on the ground.

The Memphis Fire Department said crews arrived at 301 Autumn Ridge Court just before 2 a.m to the sight of flames coming from the three-story building. The fire destroyed the apartments, and two people were injured.

Greer says he’s not taking life for granted and that he’s a changed person.

“That’s why I can’t sleep now. What if I wasn’t there?” he said. “It’s just hard. Hearing those kids scream like that.”

“I was just doing what God told me to do. I didn’t feel like it was a duty. I just felt like it was the right thing to do. If you can’t help […] try to find somebody who can help them. Because that’s what my mom did, she ran back and told me, ‘Hey.’ She knew I was going to do something.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi