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Two off-duty firemen save the day after spotting smoking home

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Two off-duty firefighters, Sgt. Marcus Van Dorn and Sgt. Chris Batson, were headed home after their shift when they spotted smoke coming from a home.

Being firemen, they felt obligated to check it out and see if anyone needed help instead of just calling it in. "We walk over here and the door's wide open," said Batson.

With no car in the driveway, an unkempt front yard and little furniture, the home appeared to be vacant.

On a whim, they called into the home from the doorway as the flames on the wall across the room began to spread.

They were a little surprised to hear someone call out from the backroom. "I thought, well golly, we need to go and check, you know, see if anybody's in there," said Batson.

Batson and Van Dorn found a woman in the room behind the wall that was on fire. She must not have been fully awake or been otherwise impaired because the firefighters say she didn't realize the home was on fire.

After getting the woman out of the home, they tried to get her to tell them if there was anyone else inside, but Van Dorn says she was unresponsive and they didn't want to take the chance. "We both have kids, and you know, we have a soft spot for kids, so we go in looking for kids," said Van Dorn.

They didn't find anyone else in the home, and by the time they finished their search, the woman they had pulled out of the home had run off.

She left behind a suitcase with two candles and a pair of running shoes inside.

The fire department showed up a short time later and quickly put out the fire.

Previously, Van Dorn's and Batson's friends had given them nicknames from Disney's computer animated comedy The Incredibles.

"Chris is a big guy, I'm a slim guy," said Van Dorn. "They call us Mr. Incredible and Frozone."

But the two aren't looking to acquire the hero moniker and quickly shrug off the attention from their actions, claiming they were just doing their job.

"Anybody else would have done this. You would have done it. Any other fireman would have gladly done it," said Batson.

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