An uncle who rushed into a burning home to save his niece says he’d do it again, even if it means getting worse burns or dying in the process.
Derrick Byrd, 20, is being hailed a hero after saving his niece in a house fire on Thursday.
Speaking from his hospital bed to ABC News affiliate KOMO, Byrd said: “I’d do it again, I really would. I don’t care. I’d run back in there and do it again even if I got burnt worse or died.”
After a fire broke out in Bryd’s Washington home, Byrd said he rushed to help his sister, Kayla, get all the children out of the second-floor window. He caught two of the three children that were trapped in the house.
But when his 8-year-old niece Mercedes was afraid to jump after her mother fell off of the roof, she fell back into the burning room. Bryd said he could hear his young niece screaming his name and that’s when he ran into the burning house.
He said: “I just ran up the stairs and pushed through the fire. I could feel it burning me. I got her and took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn’t breath in any smoke, and I just carried her out as fast as I could.
Byrd was airlifted to the hospital and suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, back, and face. But he’s glad his niece is alive and well.
He said: “Even though I got burnt, I really didn’t care. I’d rather get burnt than her. She’s young. She’s still got a lot of stuff going for her. She’s a good kid.”
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