Little boy, 7, runs into burning home to save baby sister: ‘I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.’

TAZEWELL, TN- A seven-year-old boy saved his baby sister from their burning Tennessee home by heroically jumping through the window to her bedroom.

According to reports, Chris and Nicole Davidson, both former firefighters, could not get to the bedroom where their 22-month-old daughter was because of the ferocious flames in the living room. They were only able to grab their sons from their bedrooms before exiting the burning home.

Once they realized that they could not get into their daughter’s room, Eli, their seven-year-old son, climbed through a window from the outside into her room. With a boost from dad, he was in. He said:

“Dad busted the window and then I said, ‘I can do it,’ like two times and then I said, ‘I got her dad.’ And when we went down there I said, ‘I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.’”

Davidson said something woke her in the middle of the night before she realized there was smoke and flames in the house. She and her husband immediately jumped into action. She said:

“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.”

However, when she reached the living room, she was met by a wall of flames that prevented her from being about to reach her daughter’s bedroom. Breaking down into tears, she said:

“The scariest moment of my life was when I thought we couldn’t get her.”

Chris told CNN:

“The smoke and fire was so thick there was no way I could get to her. We went outside to get to her from the window, but there was nothing for me to stand on to reach up there. So, I picked up Eli, who went through the window and was able to grab her from her crib.”

He added:

“We couldn’t be more proud of Eli. He did something a grown man wouldn’t do.”

No one was hurt in the fire, but the home was a total loss.

The family is now staying with a family member who lives nearby. Between the fire, impacted job loss due to the pandemic, and the loss of Nicole’s grandfather, a GoFundMe page has been launched to help the family start over.

To date, the fundraiser has raised over $344,000. Chris said:

“We lost everything that we ever had. Our entire lives were in that home. Our three cars were also damaged in the fire.”

He added:

“It’s devastating. We have nothing. You have never been as humble as you are when you don’t even have your own underwear to wear.”

Eli is one of 34 children the couple has fostered over the years. They have adopted Elijah and Erin.

South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to the fire along with several other nearby departments. However, by the time 20 firefighters arrived, the house was already engulfed in flames. Investigators have yet to determine the official cause of the fire, but an electrical fire is suspected. 

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Off-duty police officer kicks down door, saves family from house fire

December 10th, 2020

NORTH READING, MA – An off-duty police officer with the North Reading Police Department jumped into action and did what brave first responders do, no matter what. 

Sergeant Thomas Encarnacao was driving home from his swing shift at around 1:00 a.m. on December 8th when he saw flames coming from the side of a house at 30 Lowell Street.

Sgt Encarnacao radioed in his location to police and fire dispatch and ran to the front of the home.  He kicked down the front door and rescued a man who was sleeping on a couch in the home’s living room. 

Audio of Encarnacao’s call released by police captured the urgency of the moment:

“There are people in the house!  I’m trying to wake them up!”

Donald W. Stats Jr., North Reading Fire Chief stated:

“Smoke alarms did activate and the occupant did hear it. But (the occupant) thought it was something else and basically ignored it initially — until the officer was able to reach them.”

Several other officers arrived on scene and helped Sgt Encarnacao find another man in the home’s basement.  They verbally alerted the man, but couldn’t see him due to smoke.  The man made his way up from the basement and out of the home.

Chief Stats said arriving firefighters saw: 

“a heavy volume of fire on arrival coming from the left side of the structure that had self-vented and started to extend to the attic.”  

The two residents told firefighters a 13-year-old boy was sleeping in the back bedroom.  Police and firefighters were able to remove a window screen in the bedroom and pull him out through the window to safety.

Chief Stats explained that the fire crew was able to put out the fire before it damaged more of the home and attic area. 

In addition to North Reading police officers and firefighters, fire crews from Wilmington assisted at the scene and the Middleton Fire Department provided station coverage.

All three residents were evaluated at the scene, but were not taken to the hospital and no firefighters were injured. One police officer cut his hand while trying to breach a basement window. 

Chief Stats indicated that the scene was cleared by 3:30 a.m.

The three residents were displaced and are being helped by family members. The house sustained smoke, fire, and water damage, according to the statement.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

In a formal press conference on Tuesday, Sergeant Encarnacao told NBC 10 Boston:

“I saw the left hand side of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

I was able to bang on the door, got no response, there was quite a bit of smoke and flames coming up the side so I just decided to force entry.

I was able to get him, once he got his bearings, to come to me and exit the house.”

Encarnacao said they double checked to see if there was anyone else in the house. That’s when he said that the father realized his juvenile son was still inside the house and tried to run back inside.

Encarnacao pulled the child out of a window with the help of two other officers.

No one was hurt, and Encarnacao says he’s grateful his training prepared him for this:

“You plan for this your entire career. Especially those of us who work nights and overnights you may at four in the morning just find a house on fire.

When we finally made contact and knew people were there, we knew we had to do whatever we had to do to get them out.”

Great job, Sergeant Encarnacao!

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Hero police officer adopts the little girl who he saved after finding her being abused by her caregivers

December 7, 2020

KINGMAN, AZ – A police officer with the Kingman Police Department was working midnight shift over two years ago when he responded to a wellbeing check at a home.  After finding a little girl was being abused, he fell in love with her and decided to make her his daughter. 

Now, that little girl is able to call the remarkable officer her father.

Kingman Police Lieutenant Brian Zach responded to a residence for a wellbeing check at a home.  When he arrived on scene, he said that he immediately knew something was not right.  Zach said:

“I went there and realized that her injuries were definitely abuse and they needed to be investigated.  I took care of her, took her back to the station…We watched ‘Wreck It Ralph,’ and we just bonded.”

The little girl, named Kaila, was two years old at the time, and was badly injured according to officers.  It was the third time that concerned persons had reported potential child abuse at the home Kaila lived in.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety responded, took custody of little Kaila, and took her to the hospital for medical treatment. 

Meanwhile, Zach could not forget about his experience with the young girl and how badly he felt  for her situation. 

Zach said that he spoke to his wife about Kaila, and his desire to make her their daughter.  Zach said:

“Came home, told my wife…the story about this little girl that I just bonded with and would love to bring her home.  And in the past 15 years, I’ve said that many times to my wife…of some kid that I met that I would love to bring home and love and take care of, so it was nothing new for her.”

Zach reached out to the Arizona Department of Child Safety and inquired if he could meet with the girl to ensure she was doing well. They agreed.  After a short period of time, Zach’s family also began visiting with Kaila and they all began to bond with her.

Zach contacted the Arizona Department of Child Safety and asked if they could take Kaila home with them, to stay temporarily, until another solution was found.  They agreed, since they could not locate any of Kaila’s family that was willing to take custody of her.   

Since the Arizona Department of Child Safety was unable to find anyone to take care of Kaila, they granted Zach and his wife, Cierra, permission to take custody of her. 

Zach and his wife moved to adopt the young girl which was granted in August of this year.

Zach spoke about the difficulties he and his wife first faced after wanting to make Kaila a member of their family:

“We had to get a bed.  We had to get a high chair and a potty chair.  She came with a bag of clothes that didn’t fit her and a sippy cup and that as it.”

Zach said that 2020, to spite its ups and downs, ended well for he and his family since being able to adopt Kaila.  He said:

“The best thing to come out of 2020 is the fact that we gained an official member of our family.  That was my Christmas present.”

When Kaila was asked what she thought of having a new father, she said:

“I love him – I love him so much.”

Those of us at Law Enforcement Today applaud Zach and his willingness to help a small child in the time of need.  Taking a child on in that type of situation must be beyond difficult even in the best of circumstances.  Thank you Zach, for being an outstanding example of being a police officer.

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