House fires are nightmare situations for anyone, but that is especially true for parents of young children. The unpredictability of it occurring at any given hour can be stressful to think about, but when you’re responsible for others who may not be quite sure what to do in such a situation, that’s when things get very scary.
Though parents may pray such fires never occur, that doesn’t stop them from happening.
Jessica Harris is the mother of four young children, Tyson, Jesslyn, McKenna, and Bevon Lewis. With Tyson being the eldest at six and Bevon, the youngest at only one, most of her children haven’t yet reached the age where they are old enough to understand what to do in the event of a fire.
Harris never expected her house would suddenly be the one to erupt in flames.
The fire started from a shed near Harris’s home in Circleville, Ohio, around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Reports shared that soon it had spread to her house and another neighboring property.
Upon noticing the smoke, Harris said that she was paralyzed with fear, her entire being concerned for the safety of her children.
“When I saw the flames I panicked,” Harris explained to The Scioto Post.
Working quickly to gather her children and lead them safely out of the house, Harris soon became overwhelmed. As the only adult around, she began to start worrying that not all of her kids would make it out alive. Fearing the worst, she never expected who would help her out and become the hero of the entire story.
6-year-old Tyson stepped in to help.
“My six year old [dragged] his baby sister outside. Without him, we wouldn’t have gotten out as fast,” Harris said. “I’m so grateful for his quick reactions. He helped me get everyone outside in less than 2 minutes.”
Tyson helped his mother get everyone out of the house and to safety.
He used his phone to call for help.
“I was on the phone with 911, and Tyson was on his cell phone calling his Dad, Grandma, and everyone else he could think of. His phone can only call family members, and I think he called them all,” Harris said.
Thanks to Tyson’s help, no member of the family suffered any lasting injuries. As for Harris, she’s so proud of how he handled himself during the entire ordeal. And of all the days it could have happened, it happened on Tyson’s 6th birthday.
“He’s so smart and had such quick reactions, I will never forget that,” Harris said. “He’s my little hero, without him things could have been a lot more difficult. [His sister] is the one he grabbed. She probably have ran away from me if I tried to grab her.”
“If it wasn’t for my oldest boy, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten everyone out in time.”