It may very well have been sheer instinct, but it had very unfortunate consequences. Early in the morning on Thursday, a house caught fire in Plano, Texas. The three adults residing in the home made it out of the burning house safe and sound, and their neighbours dutifully called the fire department which responded within three minutes. However, once they had stepped outside they realized they didn’t have a phone on them to call 911, so two males headed back into the house. Only one came back alive.
Sadly the other perished in the fire, even though the fire department was on the scene within three minutes and was able to extinguish the flames fairly quickly. The house reportedly suffered severe damage, and even claimed the life of one of its residents. It certainly isn’t unusual to hear that someone ran back into a burning building to retrieve something on instinct.
Just last month a man in Kansas went back into his burning house just so he could save his Xbox. Fortunately for him, he was able to make it out of the inferno alive. The fact remains though that this risk may never outweigh the reward, particularly when its something as dispensable as an Xbox. For the man in Plano though, it may just have been the instinct to call 911 as soon as possible.