Hero 7-Year-Old Boy Rescues Baby Sister from House Fire: ‘I Got Her, Dad’
Young Eli Davidson pulls sister from burning home, saves her life
A seven-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he re-entered their family home as it was burning down and rescued his baby sister from the blaze.
Eli Davidson is credited with saving his young sister's life when their house caught fire in New Tazewell, Tennessee recently.
“According to Nicole Davidson, her 7-year-old son Eli helped make sure their 22-month-old daughter made it out of the burning home safely,” WVLT reported.
Nicole said she and her family were alerted to the fire while they were sleeping that night.
“About 11:30 someone woke me up and I know it was God,” she recalled.
So she and her husband Chris, both of whom are former firefighters, jumped into action.
“He grabbed the fire extinguisher trying to buy me time to get the kids, and I grabbed the boys because they were closest to the fire,” Nicole revealed.
However, the flames stopped her from going into the bedroom where her 22-month-old daughter was still sleeping.
“The scariest moment of my life was when I thought we couldn’t get her,” Nicole said.
Once the couple and two kids made it outside, Chris gave their son, Eli, a boost to enter their daughter’s bedroom through a window.
Moments later, he crawled inside and grabbed the baby from her crib.
“Dad busted the window and then I said, ‘I can’t do it,’ like two times, and then I said, ‘I got her dad’,” the seven-year-old explained.
"And when we went down there I said ‘I was scared but I didn’t want my sister to die'.
“It’s okay to be scared, but you’re brave inside and you can do it when you want to,” Eli continued.
Although no one was hurt during the fire, the Davidson’s home was completely destroyed.
They are currently living with a family member.
“South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to the fire along with several other nearby departments,” the WVLT report said.
"Investigators have not determined an official cause, but an electrical fire is suspected."
As of Tuesday, a GoFundMe page created to help the family recover has raised $349,278 of its $5,000 goal.
Nicole expressed her deepest thanks for the donations and said Eli has enjoyed people’s kind comments about his bravery, adding, “I still don’t think at his age he grasps what he has done and how phenomenal that is.”