Uncle left with third-degree burns after running into burning building to save 8-year-old girl

A Washington man is legitimately recognized as a hero after saving his 8-year-old niece by charging into a burning home.

Reports show how 20-year-old Derrick Byrd was burned on his body, back and arms with second and third-degree burns after realizing his niece was trapped in the building.

When he was speaking on KOMO-TV, he said, “Even though I got burnt, I really didn’t care, though. I’d rather get burnt than her. She is still so young. She’s still got a lot going for her and a bright future. She’s a good kid.” The fire, at a home in Aberdeen, Washington started while six family members, and Byrd was inside.  His sister, Kayla, and her three kids.

In the second floor of the window, Byrd caught his nephews, Junior and Royce jumping. But his eight-year-old Niece Merce, after watching Kayla fall out of the roof, was too afraid to jump off.

Byrd went in the home to rescue her without thinking. He could feel the fire on him in just a couple of seconds.

He explained, “I could feel it burning me.”

“I got her and took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn’t breathe in any smoke and I just carried her out as fast as I could.” What’s more, despite suffering injuries, Byrd said he would do it again if he had to.”

“I’d run back in there and do it again even if I got burnt worse or died.” He in response to those calling him a hero, he simply says: “I can’t say a hero. I’d just say for my niece and nephews, I wasn’t going to let them die.”

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