Nursing student fights fire, saving neighbors’ dogs and home


BSN student Lesley Colonia extinguished a fire in her neighbors’ unit, saving Goose (left) and Maverick (right). (Photo by August Jennewein)

Lesley Colonia spotted the blaze the minute she opened her neighbor’s door. Thanks to the loft’s open layout, the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing student had a clear line of sight into the apartment where a fire burned atop the kitchen island.

“I didn’t even really think,” Colonia said. “I went into survival mode. I was just like, ‘Oh my god, what do I need to do to stop this?’”

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