.A 10-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he rescued two children who were trapped in a mobile home fire in Oakland Florida, while his dad was busy quenching fire, Orange County fire officials said.
The young rescuer, Isiah Francis, told local media that his “heart was beating so fast” when he ran into the burning mobile home, grabbed the two kids under his arms and took them to safety outside. “I had to go in there with the fire to grab the kids while dad kept running in there with water trying to put out the fire,” Francis said.
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“I was nervous because there was so much smoke. It was hard for me to see and all that.”
“I was scared because I thought I was going to get burnt, or it was going to bloom.” Francis added.
He explained that he was playing at a friend’s house when he noticed the fire. “I looked out of the window because I smelled something, and when I looked out of the window, I saw smoke,” he told local media. “I went in the house grabbing the kids. And after I came outside with the kids, I asked the dad, ‘Are there any more?‘ and he said ‘no’. So then I called the fire department and the police.”
Francis said he planned on becoming a firefighter when he’s older. “I’ve wanted to be a fireman ever since I was five years old,” he said. ”Even though I have to go through all this hard work, I still want to be one.”
Though the brave hero, along with his friend Jeremiah Grimes, managed to rescue a one-year-old child and an 8-month-old baby from the burning house, Francis said he did not know that there were two more children inside the home.
The other children, ages two and five, were injured in the fire. One of them was immediately taken to the hospital via medical helicopter.
Fire officials said firefighters arrived at the scene just on time to rescue them. According to official sources, the fire was caused by a stove in the home. Officials said that the state fire marshal would investigate the cause.
The news sparked anger and criticism among neighbours who blame the father for being irresponsible when his children were faced with danger.
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