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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Two kids are being called heroes after neighbors say they helped save a man trapped inside a burning garage in Iowa City.

The Iowa City Fire Department responded to a garage fire in the 600 block of South First Street Friday around 2:19 p.m.

"They saved the man's life," said Betsy Klein. "There was a man trapped in the garage that was kicking the door.”

Klein lives two doors down from the burning garage.

She says she saw a couple kids from her back porch looking and running for help after they told her they heard the man screaming from the garage.

"These kids are heroes," said Klein. "They heard the man kicking the door to get out, they called the cops immediately.”

Klein says the kids knocked on the nearest house door to call 911 to make sure help was on the way.

Fire crews say 16 firefighters responded and had to break into the garage by ripping through the medal garage door to pull the man out.

"All the smoke come from the garage, they had to move the car back, but they wanted us back because they were afraid, I think, something would explode," said Klein.

Klein says there were at least six fire trucks on scene.

The fire department eventually rescued the man, but he had to be taken to the burn center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The man's brother told KWWL nearly 30-percent of his upper body is burned and he's still unconscious.

Klein says if it weren't for those two kids hearing and responding to those cries for help things could've been much worse.

She says says officers on scene told the kids they did a very heroic act.

"The officer standing next to them said 'you all are heroes today and this is what community means'" said Klein.

The garage was not attached to a house and the estimated damage is still not known.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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