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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A bus driver is being described as a "guardian angel" after helping to save 10 people who were sleeping inside a burning home.
Richard Lucas was driving a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus in South Buffalo around 6:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed smoke coming from the back of a house.
"I decided it didn't look right so I stopped," Lucas told NBC station WGRZ. "I ran up to the house and I beat on the front door."
The noise awoke the 10 people sleeping inside the two-family home.
Juan Huertas said his wife and three children could have died had Lucas not intervened.
"I woke up to a guy screaming in the house," Huertas told the TV station. "I had no idea who it was, and then I heard my wife screaming 'get out of the house.'"
Emily Hunter, who lived upstairs in the home, described Lucas as her "guardian angel."
Neither family got a chance to thank him.
Lucas finished his bus route, saying "people have got to go to work."