Man saves 5 from house fire; jumps out the window to save girls

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An Indiana man who ran into a burning house and saved five people, including a 6-year-old girl with whom he jumped from a second-story window, says he is no hero and that the serious injuries he sustained suffered, “were worth anything .”

Nick Bostic, 25, of Lafayette, was driving in the northwest Indiana city early July 11 when he saw a house on fire. He stopped and ran inside to warn residents.

“I hit the brakes, I turned the wheel, I did a 180. I ran into the back of the house and yelled at someone. Four faces, three or four faces, came out at the top,” he said said WLFI TV.

An 18 year old woman was at home babysitting her three siblings aged 1, 6 and 13 along with a 13 year old sibling’s friend while the parents of the four siblings were playing darts outside, The Washington Post reported.

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Bostic said the 18-year-old was able to get three of the children out, but she told him one child was still missing, prompting him to search the smoky house for that child.

“I heard a soft whimper, a soft cry, and went downstairs until I found the baby,” he said.

Because of the thick smoke, he said his only option was to go through a second-story window. Bostic knocked out the glass and jumped to safety with the 6-year-old girl in his arms. He sustained multiple injuries, but the girl suffered only a minor laceration on her foot.

Police bodycam video captured the aftermath of the jump, with Bostic backlit by the burning house and walking toward first responders with the girl in his arms.

In the video, a police officer takes the crying child while Bostic – who is out of breath and panting, with a bruised right arm and blood on his clothes – sits on the curb and says, “I need oxygen.”

After an officer helps Bostic to a safer spot across the street, a tourniquet is placed on his arm after he lies down on the grass. Bostic then asks, “Is the baby okay? Please tell me the baby is fine” before someone off-camera reassures him that the child is fine.

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“You did well, okay?” an officer says to Bostic.

Bostic, who suffered smoke inhalation in addition to his arm injury and other wounds, was flown to an Indianapolis hospital and discharged two days later.

He said he was no hero and just did what he would have wanted someone to do for him and his family when their house was on fire.

“It was all worth it. I kept reminding myself what a small sacrifice. This temporary pain… it’s so worth it,” he said WLFI TV.

A GoFundMe page set up for Bostic to help pay his hospital and doctor bills had raised more than $470,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, far exceeding his $100,000 goal.

David Barrett, the father of the four siblings, told the Washington Post his family felt “very blessed for what Nick has done.”

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“He’s a real hero and my daughter is a real hero when it comes to waking up the kids. I don’t like to think about what would have happened if Nick hadn’t shown up. I’m indescribably grateful,” he said.

Brian Alkire, Lafayette’s chief arson investigator, said (Lafayete) Magazine & Courier that the fire started on the porch of the town house about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. Police said the fire was under further investigation.

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