A pizza delivery man from Indiana rushed into a burning home to save the lives of three teenagers and two children.
Nicholas Bostic aged 25, was driving past the home in Lafayette when he noticed an inferno raging and didn’t think twice about rushing inside.
His actions helped save the lives of a one-year-old, a six-year-old, two 13-year-olds and an 18-year-old.
Four of the five youngsters were siblings and one of the 13-year-olds was a friend that had been sleeping over said officials.
Bostic was unable to call 911 as he didn’t have his phone with him. He quickly entered through the back door, ran upstairs where he discovered the kids and then ushered them outside.
However, once they were all outside he was told that a six-year-old girl was still inside so without thinking he ran back into the house to find her.
After navigating through the thick smoke he found the girl and punched through a window so they could both escape.
Bostic was treated for severe smoke inhalation and a serious cut on his arm in the hospital but has since been discharged.
Bostic spoke about the event to ABC7 Chicago, “The dad said he’d love to take me out for dinner. They have wide-open arms welcoming me as a part of their family, “I’m glad I was there at the right time, the right place. If [the] opportunity came again and I had to do it, I would do it. I knew what I was risking. I knew the next second it could be my life. But every second counted.”
Randy Sherer, Lafayette Police Lt. said the fire broke out around 12:30am on July 11 and labelled Bostic’s actions as ‘heroic’. He also shared that the children are also doing well.
In a statement released on July 14, the police department said, “Nicholas happened to be driving by the block of Union street when he noticed a house on fire.
“He immediately stopped in the roadway, threw his car into reverse, turned around and pulled into the driveway.
“He knew he had to act. He ran around to the back of the home and was able to open the back door. He began yelling inside [but] didn’t receive an answer.
“He walked through the house, calling out the danger, and eventually made his way up the stairs. He found four kids and helped them escape from the house.”