NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's a moment of bravery caught on camera, as a North Myrtle Beach firefighter helps a woman out of her burning apartment complex.
One neighbor documented the scene from behind the camera, and now the man in front of the lens is recalling that morning.
"I was just the one who happened to be caught on video," said Lt. Michael Huber, a veteran of North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue.
Lt. Huber made that brave rescue, after his Engine 731 crew responded to the apartment fire off Poinsett Street Monday morning.
Crews drove up to see smoke pouring out of the building, and a crowd gathered under one window.
"She was basically, half one leg out the window, one leg in the window, in pretty clear distress with a high volume of black smoke behind her," Lt. Huber said.
He says his crew quickly put a ladder up to the window, and he climbed up right away.
"In a situation like that, you don't have enough time to really think about what you're going to do, you just rely on the training that you have," He said. "Luckily that is a scenario that we do train for quite often."
Just minutes later, that same spot was engulfed in flames after what firefighters call a "flashover".
Huber says the video shows how quickly conditions can change, and because of that, the video will now be a training tool in the department.
"It lets us know that that's coming, and you don't see that very often," Huber said. "So, having a video to allow people, allow other firefighters to see that smoke, and show them more than two minutes later what happened, it's a great training tool to have."