12-year-old Justin Allen of Milton, Florida, heroically ran into his burning home several times to save his four younger siblings and the family pets. Photo via Facebook
12-year-old Justin Allen’s heroic act of bravery and quick thinking saved the lives of his three younger brothers and three-year-old sister on Sunday when he single handedly rescued each of them from their burning home.
The Milton, Florida home caught fire at around 2 a.m. on Mother’s Day. Justin’s mother, Tiffanie Jackson, was working the night shift at a local nursing home and his step-father, Dwayne Jackson, a pipe layer, was working out of state in Missouri. At the time of the blaze, Justin was the oldest person in the house.
Heavy storms had caused the neighborhood to lose power, and while the cause of the fire is still being investigated, the younger children who had been sleeping did hear a loud boom before the fire started, which suggests that lightening may have been what started the blaze, Justin’s paternal aunt, Lacrishia ‘Cri’ Jackson, told MailOnline.
According to Justin’s aunt, the boy ran into the burning house three times to rescue his three younger brothers William, five, who suffers from asthma, his older brothers Diego and Emilio, and their young sister, three-year-old Brooklyn, who was trapped in her bedroom, MailOnline reports.
“He ran back in not once, not twice, but three times to save his siblings,” she told Pensacola News Journal. “He said, ‘I wasn’t even scared of the fire. I was just worried about my family.’ He’s our little hero.”
According to the Pensacola News Journal, in order to save the life of his 3-year-old sister, Justin had to kick in the door to the bedroom where she was sleeping.
‘He kicked the door down and broke it in half and got his sister – covered her face and everything, bless his heart,’ Justin’s aunt told MailOnline.
On one of Justin’s trips into the burning house he called his mother to let her know their home was on fire and let out four of the family dogs. Two of the pets have died; another is missing, MailOnline reports.
According to MailOnline, by the time the fire department arrived, Justin had gotten all of his siblings out of the home and none of them suffered any injuries. Their home, however, was completely destroyed by the fire.
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