Biloxi musician helps rescue victims from burning hotel - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Biloxi musician helps rescue victims from burning hotel

Ray McIntyre ended up in a life threatening situation over the weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) Ray McIntyre ended up in a life threatening situation over the weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
Ray Mac and his cousin got out safely, but when they saw people still trapped in their rooms, they rushed to the rescue. (Photo source: Ray McIntyre) Ray Mac and his cousin got out safely, but when they saw people still trapped in their rooms, they rushed to the rescue. (Photo source: Ray McIntyre)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Biloxi musician is being hailed a hero by some in Atlanta, GA, for helping firefighters pull people from a burning building. Ray McIntyre took part in the dramatic rescue and said he will never forget the images of blood and people screaming in fear.

The R&B artist was attending a music festival in Atlanta over the weekend when he was thrown into the life or death situation.

"Hey, back up, back up!"

You could hear McIntyre's frantic voice in the video as he witnessed a frightening scene, people trapped in a burning hotel in Atlanta.

"It was very crazy, very chaotic," said McIntyre.

The chaos started around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We heard a loud, very, very combustion, explosion kind of sound," McIntyre said.

McIntyre and his cousin saw smoke rising from the room below and rushed to the nearest exit. They kicked open a door, and ran down two flights of stairs to safety.

"We just heard people screaming, like a heart wrenching scream. I seen a lady. She was beating on the glass. She had her hand on the glass like begging and pleading for help. I just couldn't sit there and not help her," said McIntyre.

He grabbed a huge rock and threw it against her window. He shouted to the woman to help break the glass. McIntyre said as soon as firefighters arrived, he helped them place the ladder against the window to get the woman out.

"The firefighters got there just in time of her, I want to say, passing out," said McIntyre.

Then, he heard another cry for help. This time, it came from two men who were trapped in their room.

"We had to think fast and move quick. We actually had to grab the ladder, because they were shorthanded," said McIntyre.

He helped the men down the ladder.

"The scene was gruesome. It was a kind of situation you can never erase from your mind. Seeing people kind of burned and screaming and bleeding and stuff like that, it was a whole other scene for me. I'm not used to seeing anything like that. I'm used to being on the stage," he said.

McIntyre, whose stage name is Ray Mac, is a hip-hop artist, rapper and music producer. But, what about a hero?

"I don't consider it as being like a hero or anything. I don't want anyone to consider me that, because I feel like I was doing what my mom always taught me. I was raised upon respect and helping others," he said.

McIntyre said the terrifying experience will always haunt him, and he is thankful to be alive.

"I had a few injuries and stuff like that, but I walked away, and also walked away with helping people and saving lives. If you have a heart, you can't watch people just suffer," he said. "If I was put in a situation to have to help again, I would definitely do that, but I definitely don't want to be in a hotel fire again."

McIntyre said he suffered smoke inhalation and a fractured leg. In all, 10 people were taken to the hospital. According to news reports in Atlanta, a man was arrested and charged with arson and aggravated assault in connection to the fire.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly