Off-duty firefighter Roben Duge smelled the smoke, saw the flames and heard the screams from inside his neighbor’s house — and thought instantly of his own family.
The heroic smokeeater pulled a Queens grandmother and two children from a raging blaze Thursday night, taking a dramatic detour while walking home from his job at Ladder 103 in Brooklyn.
“I’m not a hero, I’m just reacting off instinct,” the fearless father said Friday at his Jamaica home, right next door to the fire-damaged house.
His wife Crystal disagreed: “It’s just who he is. He’s Superman.”
The mild-mannered firefighter was headed home from the subway when he noticed the thick black smoke pouring out of his neighbor’s house.
A child playing downstairs in the basement accidentally started the fire — and was too frightened to tell his grandmother as the flames spread quickly, sources said.
Duge, a five-year FDNY veteran, started sprinting toward the two-story residence when he saw the smoke. Visions of his own three kids flashed through his mind.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Adam Shrier, Catherina Gioino and Larry McShane