Most people have the innate fear of fire, this sprouts out of different experiences that we’ve all had over time and as a result, we’ve built a certain perception towards this phenomena.
However, there are a few exceptions to this phobia. Such is a grandfather who is being called a hero after he braved an intense apartment fire to save the lives of his three young grandchildren.
Reports indicate that the fire had started around 11 Sunday night in a multi-story duplex in the 3800 block of Lila Street at Ralston Street in northeast Houston.
Upon arrival at the scene, the emergency crew found the blaze emanating from the second floor of the building.
Reports from the firefighters initially told Eyewitness News that it was the father at home with the children but, according to the children's mother, it was their grandfather. It turns out that the mother was at work at the time of the fire.
The grandfather and the other family members were asleep when the fire started. Fortunately, the grandfather was woken up by the flames and smoke.
According to the mother, her father managed to get her 8-year-old and 3-year-old out of the apartment and he ran back in to save the 1-year-old.
However, the children suffered minor smoke inhalation. They were taken to the hospital but have been released. After the heroic act, the grandfather was also treated for burns to his feet and hands.
Authorities are still trying to identify the cause of the fire. Unfortunately, the mother revealed that the family lost everything to the fire. The Red Cross will be working with the family as they try to find a place to live.