25-Year-Old Pizza Delivery Driver Spots a Burning Home – Immediately Runs to Save the 5 Children Stuck Inside
“It was adrenaline. I hightailed my butt into the house.”
Nick Bostic is a hero by any definition of the word. A pizza delivery driver by day, Nick sprung into action one night and quite literally saved the day.
On an otherwise unassuming summer night, Bostic was driving down a local road in Lafayette, Indiana when he reportedly saw a house on fire. According to sources, he immediately put his car in reverse, and pulled in to the driveway.
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Meanwhile, in another part of town, David and Tierra Barrett were finishing up a date night when they got a call from their 18-year-old daughter, Sieonna, who frantically told them their house was on fire — and she and her siblings were inside it.
The parents rushed out of the door as fast they could, and took off running towards their car. Luckily for them, however, Nick was already on the scene, beating even first responders.
Bostic said he ran around the back of the home and went inside, yelling to try to alert anyone that could be inside. Although he didn’t hear anyone respond, he went up the stairs, where he found four kids.
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“I went in through the back door and the second step of the staircase … when I saw the faces coming out and they ran past me. I followed behind and then at the back porch I asked them if there was anyone left in the house,” Bostic said.
He learned that their six year old sister was unaccounted for, and without hesitation he reentered the burning home to find her. Despite the blistering heat, he wrapped his shirt around his mouth and nose and bravely faced the fire to search for six-year-old sister, Kaylani.
Bostic said he couldn’t see anything in front of him and the heat from the fire made it seem as if he was walking into an oven, so he resourcefully used his sense of hearing.
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Crawling on the ground due to the smoke, he began to search for Kaylani, following the sound of her voice. He eventually found her downstairs, but due to the thick smoke consuming the house, was forced to exit through the second story window.
He then broke a window with his hand, and jumped out of a window to safety, while protecting the young girl. “We looked out the window and I went shoulders first through it and I landed on my right side with her on my left side,” he said.
Bostic was hospitalized for severe smoke inhalation and a cut to his arm, though the only injury any of the children had was a minor cut. He claimed that it was all worth it, and apparently was only concerned with the safety of the children when first responders arrived to the scene.
The local police station shared the above footage to their Twitter page, in which the burning house can be seen in the background, while first responders scramble.
Nick can be seen getting to safety on the street, clearly out of breath, while firefighters tend to his injuries and urge him to move away from the burning house. His only concern, however, was the safety of the girls.
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Thanks to Nick Bostic, all the children in the home were safely escorted out. The story does not end there however.
The widespread response to his bravery has been resounding. A fundraising page was started by Bostic’s cousin to help pay for his healthcare, and has blown way past its goal of $100,000. The fundraiser is currently at over $640,000, with a whopping 20 thousand different donors.
Though the Barrett family all emerged from the incident safely, the did lose their home to the fire, and a fundraiser has also been set up for them here.
Luckily, the family is safe, and Bostic is recovering from his injuries. He said he has even been in contact with the family. “The dad said he’d love to take me out for a dinner,” he said. “They have wide-open arms welcoming me as a part of their family.”
Not everyone might have had the reaction that Nick Bostic did when he ran directly into a burning home. His unflinching bravery saved a family, and “If [the] opportunity came again and I had to do it, I would do it,” he said. “I knew what I was risking. I knew the next second it could be my life. But every second counted.”