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Georgia man saves family from house fire, nearly dies trying to save his beer

Walter Serpit beer lover

Walter Serpit beer lover

Most of the times when there’s a house fire the only people you see running in are the firemen, unless a chiold or beloved pet was left behind. In Columbus, Georgia, last Thursday, however, one of the residents ran back in risking life and limb to recue his beloved hoppy alcoholic beverages.

The six adults and two young children were reportedly enjoying their afternoon TV shows when fire broke out somewhere in the house. Investigators now believe it may have been caused by the new water heater. As the room began to fill with smoke the adults rushed outside with the children. All were safely outside when beer-hero Walter Serpit went running back into the blaze, not to save a life, but to save as much of the beer as he could manage.

Serpit, who walks with a cane, did not let that stop him. quoted Serpit saying, ”I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out.”

The rescue quickly turned bad, and Serpit realized that he had truly placed his own life in jeopardy for a beer, “I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because this back draft was about to kill me.”

He did reportedly manage to retrieve more than one beer before escaping the fire unscathed. It is not known how many beers perished in the fire.

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