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12-Year-Old Hears Fire Roaring Through House, So He Springs Into Action To Save Sleeping Family

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

If it weren’t for Darwin Wallace, one St. Louis County family likely wouldn’t be with us today.

The 12-year-old Missouri boy is credited with saving his three siblings, mother, grandmother, and two cousins from a devastating house fire early Thursday morning.

“We all was asleep and I heard the fire, like the tree started hitting on my window and I woke up, took my nephew, put him on my neck and then I went to go get everybody else up,” Darwin told KMOV.

The family was forced to escape the fire by breaking through a fence, but miraculously, none of them were hurt in the blaze.

Both the family and local fire officials told the news station that a surveillance video shows a group of kids shooting fireworks at the family’s property earlier that night.

While the official cause of the fire remains under investigation, Darwin had some strong thoughts on the matter of the fireworks: “If you are going to pop them on other peoples’ porches that’s just wrong because you don’t know who’s in that house, and you can kill somebody like you almost killed us,” he said.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help Darwin’s family, who lost their home and all of their possessions in the fire. You can click here to donate.

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