Albuquerque man runs into flaming tent, saves 2-year-old boy


A young man is being called a hero after he pulled a little boy from a tent fire outside a family home.  Now he’s badly burned, and so is the little boy he saved. 

“I saw black smoke everywhere,” said Christopher Alexander. 

He said while on a walk Sunday outside his apartment building near Gibson and Carlisle, he heard a commotion. 

“I started to look and see what was going on right, and then all of the sudden, boom, boom, boom,” said Alexander.

Just past a fence at the apartments, the Albuquerque Fire Department says a 2-year-old child was inside a tent engulfed in flames.

“People are screaming, people are crying,” he said. 

That’s when neighbor Phillip Hall jumped into action. 

“Time stood still, and that man grabbed that fence, yanked it, and I swear a guttural cry came out from his throat,” he said.  

The toddler and the 22-year-old were badly injured. 

“It was just so beautiful to see that guy… all he cared about was making sure they were safe. His head was burned on the top and the sides,” said Alexander.  

Phillip and the boy he saved, Kierr Caldwell, are now recovering in Texas and Colorado hospitals. 

Tuesday, Phillip’s sister and Kierr’s great-grandmother met for the first time. The two embraced, connected by one man’s heroic actions. 

“He’s an angel. You have the most wonderful brother in the world,” said Betty Purvis.  

The great-grandmother said she was home at the time of the fire and doesn’t know how it started, but she says she’s forever grateful for what Phillip Hall did. 

“I’m amazed with the courage,” said Purvis.

Hall’s sister Cassandra Rhinehart replied, “Yeah, we’re pretty proud of him too.” 

Hall’s sister is hoping people keep him and his actions in their thoughts. 

“He’s hanging in there, he’s fighting but he’s pretty critical right now,” said Rhinehart. 

A GoFundMe has been set up for Hall. To donate, click here. 

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