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An off-duty police dispatcher was in the right place at the right time Monday morning when he rescued two people from a burning home in Carteret.
Eric Seniakevgch, who is also a volunteer firefighter in Woodbridge, was headed to work around 5 a.m. when he saw a column of smoke.
When he arrived five occupants had already escaped, according to WNBC.
He broke out a basement window and saw two people laying face down.
He pulled the woman out of the window.
Unable to get the man out, he grabbed a sledge hammer and created a larger hole before pulling the man out.
"He had them out before the fire engine arrived," a Carteret fire official said.
"Right time and the right place. I'm happy I was there to help somebody out," Seniakevgch. "It's what I do and what I was taught to do."
WNBC-TV's helicopter captured video as fire engulfed the rear of the home. See their video here.