Detroit mother hailed as hero after saving six others from fire on city's west side
11:38 AM, Jan 23, 2014
5:22 PM, Jan 23, 2014
DETROIT (WXYZ-TV) - A Detroit mom is being hailed as "Superwoman" after she heroically saved her young children and several other people during a fire at an assisted living home.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, is a caregiver at the home in the 10,000 block of Crocuslawn. She told 7 Action News she can still hear the screams in her head. She woke up to heavy smoke, the sound of smoke alarms, and the screams of other people living in the house just before 4:00 a.m. Thursday.
She quickly took her two young children, a 4-year-old and 8-month-old, to safety. The woman knocked on a neighbor's door and together they pulled out the four residents of the assisted living home.
"Everybody would've been dead," said the man who helped pull out the other residents. "Everybody would've been dead if it wasn't for her."
The woman said it was her natural instinct, but she is thankful the smoke alarms were working. "Please, whatever you do put smoke alarms," she told Action News. " If it wasn't for the smoke alarms, me and my kids would've been dead."
The caregiver says the other residents escaped with minor injuries and are expected to be okay. She says an electrical problem is believed to have start fire.