Everyday Heroes

Teens Rescue Blind Woman from House Fire

Firefighters call the kids heroes after their quick actions when a fire broke out.


Three young people are being celebrated as heroes after they rescued a blind woman from a fire.

According to WCSC in Charleston, SC, the fire started last week in Diane Creel's trailer. Creel is 66 years old, blind, and on oxygen.

When Colleton County fire rescuers arrived at the trailer, smoke and flames were pouring out. Creel was at home at the time along with 12-year-old Jaylyn Creel, 15-year-old Marina Creel and 18-year-old Matthew Grooms. When the fire started, Grooms tried to put out the flames with bowls of water, while Jaylyn and Marina tried to get Diane Creel out of the trailer.

Diane fell while trying to get out, so all three kids helped carry her out of the home and a safe distance away from the fire. Diane was treated for smoke inhalation but is okay, and nobody else was hurt.

First responders said the "heroic" actions of Jaylyn, Marina and Matthew helped prevent a tragic outcome. The Red Cross and other family members are helping Creel after the fire.

Images courtesy Colleton County Fire Department.

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