Indiana man saves 5 people from house fire, including child
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana man who ran into a burning house and saved five people, including a 6-year-old girl he jumped out of a second-story window with, says he’s no hero and that the serious injuries he suffered were “all worth it.”
Nick Bostic, 25, of Lafayette, was driving early July 11 in the northwestern Indiana town when he saw a burning house. He stopped and ran inside to alert his inhabitants.
“I slammed on the brakes, spun the wheel, did a 180. I ran around the back of the house and was screaming for anyone. Four faces, three or four faces, came out on top,” he told WLFI-TV.
An 18-year-old woman was at home babysitting her three siblings, aged 1, 6 and 13, as well as a 13-year-old friend of the 13-year-old brother, while the parents of the four brothers and sisters were playing darts, the Washington Post reported.
Bostic said the 18-year-old managed to get three of the children out, but she told him one child was still missing, prompting him to search the smoke-filled house for that child.
“I heard a slight moan, a slight crying sound and I went over there until I found this baby,” he said.
Due to the heavy smoke, he said his only option was to exit through a second-story window. Bostic hit the glass and jumped to safety with the 6-year-old girl in his arms. He suffered multiple injuries, but the girl suffered only a minor cut on her foot.
Police body camera video captured the aftermath of the jump, with Bostic backlit by the burning house and walking towards first responders, the girl in his arms.
In the video, a police officer takes the crying child away as Bostic – who is breathless and wheezing, with an injured right arm and blood on his clothes – sits on the sidewalk saying: ‘I need oxygen.”
After an officer helps Bostic get to a safer location across the street, a tourniquet is applied to his arm after he lies down in the grass. Bostic then asks, “Is the baby okay?” Please tell me the baby is fine” before someone off-camera assures her the child is fine.
“You did well man, okay?” said an officer to Bostic.
Bostic, who suffered from smoke inhalation in addition to his arm injury and other injuries, was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis and discharged two days later.
He said he was no hero and just did what he wanted someone to do for him and his family if their house was on fire.
“It was all worth it. I kept reminding myself what a small sacrifice. This temporary pain… it’s definitely worth it,” he told WLFI-TV.
A GoFundMe page set up for Bostic to help pay his hospital and medical bills had raised more than $470,000 by Wednesday afternoon, far exceeding its goal of $100,000.
David Barrett, the father of four siblings, told The Washington Post that his family feels “very blessed for what Nick has done”.
“He’s a real hero, and my daughter is a real hero for waking up the kids. I don’t like to think about what could have happened if Nick hadn’t shown up. I’m grateful beyond words “, did he declare.
Lafayette fire investigation chief Brian Alkire told the (Lafayete) Journal & Courier that the fire started on the porch of the house in the town about 65 miles northwest of ‘Indianapolis. Police said the fire is still under investigation.