Albert Madrid, died early Saturday morning after rushing into a burning mobile home in Highland to help rescue two little girls, a teen and another family member. The 25 year-old was overcome by the flames and died in the 12:15 am fire. The mobile home park was located in the 7200 block of Sterling Avenue.
“He saved the little girls, the 4 year old, the 7 year-old, the teenager and the grandpa,” said Albert Madrid’s mother, Irene Sainteclaire. “He got them out. They were all asleep. He was a hero…that family came up to me and hugged me and told me, ‘We want to thank you, because your son saved the little kids and my dad.'”
A GO Fund Me fund has been established online to aid Madrid’s family .
“He was only 25 years old but he was the bravest man I have ever known,” wrote Madrid’s father, Robert Madrid, in a eulogy on a memorial website. “He is my hero, my son, a brother, and a grandchild.”
The cause of the fire remained under investigation by both Cal Fire and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Arson & Bomb Detail, Cal Fire officials said.