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Detroit mailman helps put out blaze before firefighters arrive

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A Detroit mailman is being lauded as a hero after he helped put out a house fire while firefighters arrived to the scene.

"I wouldn't say a hero," said Darrian Crutcher told My Fox Detroit.

Carolyn Patterson, the owner of the home, had lit incense believed to have started the fire. Firefighters arrived to find Mr. Crutcher upstairs with a gardening hose in his hand.

He told the station he got the hose from the side of the house, took it inside and hooked it up upstairs.

"It was a blessing for me to be at that spot at that particular time," he said.

The homeowner told My Fox Detroit that Mr. Crutcher helped tame the fire "quite a bit," and firefighters were pleased with the help.

"He did great! I asked him after it was over, I said, 'Hey man, you should come join us! We're hiring right now!'" David Weems of the Detroit Fire Department told the station. "It's great just to see citizens just stopping to do the good — the good of man."

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