Apartment Fire Videos That Went Viral

What makes a video go viral? How does something go from a local news report with a simple 1-2 minute interview to being the only thing that people are talking about? The following videos, ranging from 2003 until just about two months ago, caught fire across the web, one of the stars even becoming a national sensation. From Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins to Jarrod Martin, these viral video stars set the internet ablaze.

Viral Video #1 – Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

The year is 2012. Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins had just escaped a fire in an apartment complex in Oklahoma City. A post-escape 42 second interview garnered the famous catchphrase “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” The video went viral, causing the creation of many parody videos, one accumulating over 50 million views, and “Sweet Brown” making numerous television appearances on shows such as ABC’s The View.

The original news report:

http://kfor.com/2012/04/08/okc-apartment-complex-catches-fire-5-units-damaged/

The original video on YouTube:

A parody music video:

Viral Video #2: You Can’t Forget About Your BBQ Ribs

Jump ahead to 2015. Just after 3 AM on Cedar Avenue a fire broke out in an apartment. A mother and her six year old son were hospitalized because of smoke inhalation. Robert Wright, a resident in that same apartment complex had quite a story to tell afterwards. He describes how he had to rescue his family while keeping an eye on his ribs that he was barbecuing (again, at 3 in the morning). The original video went on to nearly one million views, being picked up by news outlets all over the web, such as The Independent, Breitbart, TMZ, etc.

The original news report:

http://kmph-kfre.com/archive/fresno-rib-man-video-going-viral

The original video on YouTube:

Viral Video #3: Jarrod Rescues His Dog

The next news story occurred in 2003. In West Memphis, Tennessee, an apartment building was burning with Jarrod Martin’s dog trapped inside. The police had told him that if he attempted to go in and save his dog he would be arrested. They reasoned that the oxygen flowing in from breaking inside could cause a massive explosion and would risk his life as well as the lives of the firefighters on the scene. Jarrod didn’t heed the instructions and climbed the side of the building up to where his dog was. He just couldn’t bear to stand by and watch his dog die. He broke the glass and freed his dog only to be arrested when he returned to safety. The charges were later dropped. The story went viral and the video received over 300,000 views on YouTube, despite happening before YouTube even existed and being uploaded twelve years later.

The news report:

http://www.firehouse.com/news/10534891/tennessee-dog-rescue-leads-to-arrest

The original YouTube video:

Update: Viral Video #4: Michelle Dobyne Describes A Fire In Her Building

A much more recent video has gone viral, garnering over 7 million views on 2 videos. It even earned multiple song parodies. Michelle Dobyne describes a fire in her Casa Linda apartment building in probably the most entertaining way possible. The only way for you to understand is to watch below.

The YouTube video:


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