AUSTIN -- An Austin man's quick thinking helped save his neighbors from an apartment fire.
Joe Coonrod smelled smoke while outside painting Tuesday afternoon. He thought it smelled like newspaper burning from a nearby dumpster, but he didn't see anything. He followed the smell to an apartment on North Lamar where he saw smoke coming from the building.
Coonrod says he alerted the people inside right away.
"I've got a few people helping me from the apartments, and we bang on every door and get everybody out, and one lady answered the door, and I told her, 'You need to get out,'" Coonrod said.
Coonrod says everyone got out safe.