Texas family saved from house fire with heroic help from neighbor

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Deputies and neighbors teamed up to save a family trapped inside a burning Texas home.

Firefighter body camera: “Just drag her out, come on. come on, let’s get her out. Okay, we need you to move, sir. Come on Jeff, come on!”

Desperate attempts to save the Leonard family from their Weatherford home as it burned.

The mother, Sarah, thought only to save her six kids including, a six-week-old baby.

Lori McDaniels, grandmother: “Clawed with her hands through the wall because she couldn’t lift herself and go out the window because she had been breathing so much smoke she was just weak.”

Sheriff body camera video shows it took neighbors and law enforcement working together to rescue the children. Firefighter body camera: “Oh I got a kid! Got a kid, come on. Pass me the kid! Pass me the kid!”

The Parker County Sheriff’s Department says one neighbor in particular bought them some time. Eric Judd used an Ipad as a flash light to go back in the home and look for Sarah.

Eric Judd, neighbor rescuer: “She had her ten-year-old, like, in her belly, in her lap, passed out holding her.”

Judd says he found two kids under a bed when he spotted four feet. “After we pulled out the second kid, the ten-year-old, the roof collapsed 30 seconds later.”

Lori McDaniels, grandmother: “He’s a gift from God. I just am so glad that he was over here and would wake up and come over here in his underwear and save my daughter and kids.”

An electrical fire in the kitchen is likely the cause, says the Parker County Fire Marshal. The family says they didn’t have insurance and have nothing.

Lori McDaniels, grandmother: “We don’t have anything but we have each other.”

All eight are in the hospital. They must first heal their bodies and then try to rebuild their lives. Three of the victims are being treated at a burn unit.
 

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