Man Braves House Fire to Rescue ... His Beer Later, he admits this was not a good idea By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 26, 2013 11:11 AM CDT 21 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – In the what-definitely-not-to-do-when-your-house-is-on-fire department: Rush back in to save your beer. That's what Walter Serpit of Columbus, Ga., tells WTVM he did when the flames came. "I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out. ... I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because this back draft was about to kill me." It should be noted that Serpit, who uses a cane to walk, did in fact rescue a few cans of beer and escaped without injury. (As did the other six adults and two children.) Gawker dubs him the "most honest man in America."