A pair of young boys in a Florida trailer park are being hailed as heroes after they rescued an infant and baby from a burning mobile home on Tuesday.
Isaiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, were spending the hot summer day playing video games and watching Youtube videos when they smelled smoke at Lake John’s Motel Efficiency in Oakland and discovered the neighboring house on fire.
Francis explained to WOFL, “So we ran over there as fast as we could, and the dad was outside trying to find water. We asked them if there were any kids in there, and he said, ‘Yes!’ We said, ‘Where?’ He said, ‘In the kitchen!’”
The duo called 911 since the father hadn’t yet and then put their own lives at risk to save the two inside.
“I was scared, I went in there, got through my fear and I did it,” Isaiah said.
“I grabbed the infant, and Isaiah grabbed the one-and-a-half year old,” Jeremiah added.
“It was really smoky,” Isaiah said. “I could kind of see, but I had to use my sense of touch.”
Isaiah went on to explain that the fire had “started by the couch” and had been close to the babies when they found them but the children were uninjured.
Isaiah and Jeremiah took the two children they had rescued to Isaiah’s house, where they placed them on the couch and gave them water.
“We made sure they were ok, nothing wrong with them,” Jeremiah said.
Two other children in the home were rescued by firefighters who arrived moments later, after Jeremiah called 911.
“They did something that a grown man would think twice about doing,” said Jeremiah’s mother, Stephanie Grimes. “They obviously didn’t think twice about it. They were very heroic.”
Jeremiah explained that his instinct kicked in after both boys had been trained at school to call 911 in the event of a fire.
“I was just doing it,” Jeremiah said. “Basic instinct took over.”
Jeremiah’s mother went out to pick up groceries, but she left her spare cell phone with her son.
The parents of the rescued children thanked both Isaiah and Jeremiah, while Jeremiah’s parents are planning a big surprise for the little hero.
“I was talking to his father and we’re gonna give him a surprise tomorrow,” his mother said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet, but it will be a big surprise for being a hero.”
It is unclear if the parents of the four children in the mobile home will be charged with anything.