A pizza delivery driver heroically ran into a burning home and rescued five children, including a six-year-old girl he held as he jumped out of a second-story window.
Nicholas Bostic, 25, was driving in Lafayette, Indiana, past midnight when he noticed a house on fire. He quickly turned around and parked in the driveway, and could not call 911 and did not want to waste time finding someone who could, police said.
Instead, Bostic ran to the back of the home, opened the door, and began yelling to alert the occupants of the blaze. He did not receive a reply, but decided to go in and make sure there wasn’t anyone left inside.
After climbing the stairs, Bostic found four sleeping children ranging from one to 18 years old, and helped them escape.
Nicholas Bostic (left) was hailed a hero after running into a burning home to rescue five children trapped inside (Pictures: Lafayette Police Department/Facebook)
Once they were outside, Bostic found out a six-year-old was still inside, and ‘without hesitation, he ran back into the burning house,’ according to police.
Bostic first searched upstairs where he found the other four children, but no one was to be found. He started down the stairs but quickly turned back from ‘black lagoon’ of smoke that seemed impossible to navigate. He went towards a window to exit the home when he heard a child’s cry from downstairs.
‘Nicolas told me about an inner dialog he had with himself,’ the police department stated. ‘He knew he was there to get that child out, and even though the fire and smoke downstairs frightened him, he would not quit.’
Bostic wrapped his short around his mouth and nose and went into the darkness. He could not see and the heat felt like an oven, cops said.
He crawled on the ground, following the sound of the child’s cries. When he found her, he could not remember where the back door was and went back up the stairs.
Bostic punched a window to break it, and stopped to detangle the child’s leg from a pull cord of the blinds.
‘He untangled the string and jumped from the window, ensuring he landed on the side where he was not holding the child,’ police stated. ‘He picked himself up off the ground and carried the girl to safety.’
The moment Bostic gave the girl to first responders and fell to the ground was captured by police bodycams.
Bostic jumped from the window around 12.36am on July 11, six minutes police and fire personnel received reports of a house fire on the 2200 block of Union Street. First responders arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames.
The pizza delivery driver gravely cut his right arm and suffered severe smoke inhalation. The six-year-old girl was ‘miraculously mostly uninjured’, police said.
Bostic was airlifted to Indianapolis for treatment and recovered enough within a couple of days to recount the story to a law enforcement officer.
‘Nicholas Bostic’s heroic actions saved lives,’ the police department stated. ‘His selflessness during this incident is inspiring, and he has impressed many with his courage, tenacity and steadfast calmness in the face of such perilous danger.’
A GoFundMe page for Bostic calling him a ‘hero’ has raised more than $381,000, exceeding its goal of $100,000.
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