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Children Are Trapped Inside Their Burning House – Then A Passerby Springs Into Action
Jul 10, 2024 14:18:24   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
Children Are Trapped Inside Their Burning House – Then A Passerby Springs Into Action

After getting into a fight with your significant other, you probably don’t have high hopes for the rest of the night.

I imagine, though, you don’t expect to have to risk your life so you can save others. But that is exactly what one Indiana man did recently.

When he needed to cool down after a fight with his girlfriend, Nick Bostic headed out for a drive in Lafayette, just north of Indianapolis. And ran straight into a nightmare – a fire coming out of a two-story house.

What he did next, required little thought. “It was adrenaline. I hightailed my butt into the house,” Bostic said.

Inside, was 18-year-old Seionna, who was babysitting her 3 siblings, ages 1, 6 and 13, along with a 13-year-old friend of the family. Her parents, David and Tierra Barrett were out on a date night, when Seionna frantically called them, saying the house was on fire and they were stuck inside.

We dropped everything we were doing and took off running,” David said.

Image of the Barrett house fire from video taken by the Lafayette Police Department.

Seionna told WLFI news that as soon as she saw the fire in the living room, she dashed upstairs to get her baby sister, while yelling at the rest of the family.

“We started running down the stairs, and that’s when we saw Nick, and we couldn’t find Kaylani,” Seionna said, fighting tears.

Bostic got Seionna and the others out of the house, before rushing back inside to find Kaylani, the six year old.

I took a deep breath, and I ran [downstairs] and I grabbed Kaylani. I used my ears to help find her,” Bostic said.

After the intense smoke forced him back upstairs, Bostic said his only option was to jump out of the second-story window. Holding the girl, he punched out the glass and jumped to the ground below. He had several injuries but thanks to his quick-thinking, Kaylani only had a tiny cut to her foot.

Nick Bostic, front center, poses with his girlfriend, at left, and the Barrett family. Photo courtesy of Bostic.

In footage released by the police, Bostic can be seen handing the young girl to officers and then collapsing. Even though he was hurt, he repeatedly asked, “Is the baby OK? Please tell me the baby’s OK.” Officers quickly assured him she was fine.

Their father recalls the frantic scene. “I remember pulling up to the house and running up and all Seionna could say was, ‘I can’t find Kaylani,'” Barrett said. “Then the officers said, ‘She’s in the ambulance,’ and then they told me about Nick and what he had done. I started crying more. One of the most awful feelings to have is that I wasn’t there. Kaylani said, ‘Daddy I was looking for you.'”

The fire department said they think the fire may have started from ashes emptied into a bucket before being completely cooled down. The family lost nearly everything in the home.

“On our wall, in our living room, it was completely burnt down. The only thing that was left was [a sign that read] ‘love,’ and that’s all I feel from everyone,” Barrett said.

Despite all that happened, the family has found hope in the fact they now have a new member of the family.

“God uses the most unlikely characters. He sent an angel,” Barrett said.

Bostic was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. He was treated for smoke inhalation, an arm injury and a series of other wounds. He was discharged a few days later. His and his girlfriend, who were no longer upset with each other, plan to have dinner with the Barrett family in the future.

The young man downplays his actions, saying he did what he would hope others would do for him.

“It was all worth it. I kept reminding myself what a small sacrifice. This temporary pain … it’s so worth it,” Bostic told reporters.

Jul 10, 2024 17:01:43   #
LogicallyRight Loc: Chicago
Great story of a great response by that young man. well done.

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