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Florida Boys Isiah Francis, 10 and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, Rescue Babies from Neighbor’s Burning Home

Isiah Francis (r.), 10, and Jeremiah Grimes (l.), 11, were hailed heroes after they ran into a burning mobile home and rescued a 1-year-old and an 8-month-old (photo via nydailynews.com)
Two Florida boys didn’t think twice when they saw their neighbor’s house burning Tuesday morning.  Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, of Orange County, were playing outside when they saw the fire raging inside a mobile home. They said they knew children lived there.The homeowner was dousing the fire with water when the boys say they ran inside.

“I was really scared because I thought I was going to get burned,” said Isiah, who dreams of being a firefighter. “I was nervous because there was so much smoke it was hard for me to see.”

The boys rescued a 1-year-old and an 8-month-old by tucking the babies under their arms and running outside.  The homeowner told the boys there were no more children inside — possibly to keep them safe — but firefighters also rescued a 2 year old and a 5 year old from the burning home. They were both in critical yet stable condition.

Orange County investigators suspect a cook stove ignited the blaze, but they haven’t confirmed their suspicion nor determined another cause of the fire.

Isiah said he is still determined to become a firefighter.

“Even though I have to go through all this hard work, I still want to be one,” he said.

article by Annika Harris via uptownmagazine.com