“I didn’t want my sister to die,” a 7-year-old Tennessee boy explained of rescuing his year-old sibling from a raging fire that destroyed their home on Tuesday.
Parents Nicole and Chris Davidson, two former firefighters, first smelled smoke in the middle of the night and quickly tried to get their three children out of their burning New Tazewell home, WVLT reported.
Nicole Davidson recalled the flames didn’t allow her to go to her 22-month-old daughters’ room.
That’s when little Eli Davidson came to the rescue.
After the family got out, Eli’s parents gave him a boost so he could enter his sister’s room through her window.
Once inside, he grabbed her from her crib and handed her to their father safely, before jumping back down again, according to WVLT.
Eli said he put his fears aside and solely focused on saving his baby sister.
“Dad busted the window and then I said, ‘I can’t do it,’ like two times, and then I said, ‘I got her dad,’” the boy told the outlet. “When we went down there I said, ‘I was scared but I didn’t want my sister to die.’”
Their home was completely destroyed after firefighters put out the flames. The family is now staying with relatives nearby.
No injuries were reported. Authorities believe the blaze began as an electrical fire.