Postman rescues children from burning home

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by Tiffany Tarpley

WEST ALLIS--A local mail carrier is exclusively telling his story to CBS 58 after rescuing two children from a burning home. Ben McCanna works out of the West Milwaukee post office. While he was delivering mail Friday, near 72nd and Rogers in West Allis, he smelled smoke.

"I didn't really think a whole lot of it at the time," he explained. "But soon as I finished my last delivery the block was just filling up with smoke."

McCanna said he saw a young girl in the doorway of the home that was on fire. "She was very upset and so I ran up there and tried to get her down onto the sidewalk and she said my brother is still in the house."

McCanna went inside. He described a cloud of thick smoke but he was able to find the boy on the first floor of the home. "They didn't know what to do. They didn't know if they should come with me, which is understandable."

McCanna has been a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier for 25 years and said he's never had a day on the job like this. He doesn't consider himself a hero. "I don't know about that," he said. "It's a reaction I think anybody would've jumped into."

After making sure the children were safe, McCanna continued his route.

A lieutenant with the West Allis Police Department said the children are ages 9 and 14 and the Red Cross assisted the family. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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