REPORT: 7-Year-Old Runs Into Burning Building, Saves His Little Sister

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A 7-year-old boy saved his baby sister’s life from a house fire in Tennessee, CNN reported.

On the evening of Dec. 8 in New Tazewell, Tennessee, Chris and Nicole Davidson tucked their three children into bed so they were asleep by 8:30 p.m., CNN reported.

Nicole Davidson woke up to the smell of smoke and found that their daughter, 22-month-old Erin Davidson was trapped in her room, CNN reported. They grabbed their 2-year-old son, Elijah, and their 7-year-old son, Eli, CNN reported. Fire engulfed Erin’s bedroom, according to CNN.

“The smoke and fire was so thick there was no way I could get to her,” Chris Davidson told CNN. “We went outside to get to her from the window, but there was nothing for me to stand on to reach up there. So I picked up Eli, who went through the window and was able to grab her from her crib.”

“We couldn’t be more proud of Eli,” Davidson said. “He did something a grown man wouldn’t do.”

“I thought I couldn’t do it, but then I said, ‘I got her, dad,'” Eli told CNN. “I was scared, but I didn’t want my sister to die.”

By the time 20 firefighters arrived at the Davidson’s address, the house was already in flames, CNN reported.

Chris and Nicole Davidson, both former firefighters, have fostered 34 children, including Eli, and adopted Erin and Elijah, CNN reported. (RELATED: Foster Parents Are Making Our Nation Stronger)

A GoFundMe was launched recently to support the Davidsons, according to CNN.

“We lost everything that we have ever had,” Chris Davidson said. “Our entire lives were in that home. Our three cars were also damaged in the fire.”

While the cause of the fire is not yet confirmed, authorities believe it was an electrical fire, WTHR reported.