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Kidmazing: Siblings Rescue Each Other in Fire

A sleeping Illinois family woke to a fire engulfing their two-story home. While flames prevented the parents from being able to reach their three children upstairs, the siblings took it upon themselves to save one another.

Twelve-year-old Derrionna Adam kicked out a window and helped her younger brother, 9, and sister, 8, onto the first-floor roof. A CNN story said:

Once outside, the 9-year-old boy, Dedeonta Neal, noticed his younger sisters were missing, not knowing they were safe with his mother. The boy went back inside the burning building to find them, suffering burns on his arms before exiting.

To see what happened in the fire,


The three children leaped 15 feet off the roof to safety. Aside from Dedeonata's broken ankle and the house being destroyed, the family of eight was unscathed. And, the kids are going to be honored for their courage.


Join The Conversation
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
I love siblings stories. I would lay down my life for my younger brothers, but I know my feelings are incomparable to theirs because they're twins and have a bond none of us can understand.
LisaK LisaK 9 years
What an amazing story!! I love it :)
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
oh my heart is in my throat! brave children! catipillergirl, what did your parents say aboout you saving the pets?
millarci millarci 9 years
I love stories in the news that have happy endings!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Awww! This makes me happy! :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
So awesome, we lived in a two story house and our attic fan sparked a fire, all four of us girls were on the second floor and my parents couldnt get up the stairs to us, so we went out my window onto the roof and shimmied down a tree ONLY after we got our pets out and that included salamanders a dog , gerbils and hermit crabs.
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