A 6-year-old girl is out of the hospital after a firefighter saved her from a burning home.
Jaliyah Nicholson was found upstairs when crews arrived Wednesday at the home near Seventh Street and Dobbins.
“She was responsive and calling for her mother the entire time,” says Jaliyah’s mother. Shanika Brown. “Everything happened very quickly; it was very devastating.”
Jaliyah’s step-father, Dewayne Beck, says the smoke alarms went off and one of the kids found a bed in the boys’ room on fire. The boys were still in school. Jaliyah was asleep in her own room down the hall.
“I tried to put it out,” says Beck. “(My) Fiance was getting everybody outside. We were all downstairs and the smoke got too big.”
Beck says crews showed up and told everyone to get out. One firefighter heard Jaliyah’s cries for help and found her upstairs.
Jaliyah was treated for minor injuries at the Arizona Burn Center. Brown says her daughter only suffered from heat blisters.
“She’s a brave little girl,” says Brown.
Brown says she’s grateful to the firefighter that saved her daughter’s life. The family is staying in a hotel with help from the Red Cross.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family get back on its feet.
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