Armenian Teen Skips Class, Saves 94-Year-Old from Burning Home

High school senior Karen Kissoyan on NBC Bay Area News

SAN RAMON, Calif.—NBC Bay Area News reported on Friday about three teens from San Ramon, California, who are being hailed as heroes after skipping class.

Garen Kissoyan and his friends Peter Kravariotis and Kirill Yantikov — senior students at California High School in San Ramon — were skipping class when they sprang into action to save a 94-year-old woman from a house fire.

The teens saw smoke while passing by near the house at 10 am on Monday. When they approached the house they heard cries for help from Dianna Davis, whose elderly mother was trapped inside the house.

“We both had the same instinct,” Kravariotis told NBC News. “Just go in the house, so we did.”

The teens ran into the house full of fire and smoke, and found the elderly woman sitting in a chair. The woman was suffering from burns and covered in soot.

“When we picked up the chair and we grabbed the dog,” Kravariotis said, “the only thing she said to us was ‘I’m on fire,’ and it was kind of shocking to me to hear that.”

Bob Smith, who lives across the street, attempted to go inside the house, but the heavy smoke and his age thwarted his effort.

“The elderly lady, she would have been gone a minute and a half more,” Smith told NBC News.

Firefighters eventually arrived to put out the house fire. The elderly woman is in critical condition at a San Francisco burn center.


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  1. Hratch said:

    Yeah, let’s now make heroes out of delinquents just because one happens to be an Armenian. What about the fact that they skipped class and were probably up to no good?