A 10-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after rescuing his younger sister from their burning home Sunday.
Antoine Burks initially escaped the blaze consuming his Newburg Kentucky home but after realizing his younger sister Trinity, 6, had not escaped, he went back in.
‘I thought what if something bad happens to her, it might have been my fault because I am her big brother and I have to protect her,’ he told WAVE.
Despite the firing burning his leg during his first escape out, the boy fearlessly dashed back in.
Trinity says she was cleaning her shoes with an aerosol spray when the chemical hit a lamp igniting the blaze.
‘I thought nothing would happen if I cleaned my shoes off and when I saw it sprayed into the lamp I just saw fire popped out of nowhere,’ she told WAVE.
Her mother and her two other siblings, including a two-year-old sister, all managed to escape alive.
Antione and Trinity both sustained first and second degree burns to their legs and arms while their mother and youngest sister were treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire also burned parts of Trinity’s face which she says hurts the most while showing a scalded pink nose and lip.
‘When the fire started I was happy that Antoine got me, saved me, hurried up and ran back to get me out of the fire,’ she said.
On Monday, with two bandaged arms, the girl wrapped one of them around her big brother for a hug, who had his own white bandages around his legs.
With the family losing all of their possessions in the fire, Trinity says it’s her SpongeBob toys and her cousin’s phone she’ll miss the most.
The American Red Cross are assisting the family in their recovery while the Okolona fire marshal confirms to WAVE that it was a liquid spray that caused the fire.