Two-year-old Brandon Dahl saved his family from house fire by waking up parents who lost their sense of smell from recently contracting Covid-19 (Pictures: Good Morning America)
A two-year-old boy rescued his family when their home caught fire in the middle of the night and he woke up his parents, both who were unaware of the smoke because they had lost their sense smell due to the coronavirus.
Nathan, 33, and Kayla Dahl, 28, were fast asleep at 4.30am when a blaze broke out. The fire alarms in their home did not go off, and they did not wake to the smell of smoke.
Kayla and Nathan lost their sense of smell and taste when they were recently infected with Covid-19.
Their son Brandon, who had been sleeping in the living room, awakened to the smoke and flames and tapped his mother on the foot, telling her it was ‘hot’.
‘He tapped me on my feet in bed and was coughing and saying, “Mama, hot. Mama, hot,”‘ Kayla told Good Morning America. ‘I turned around. I looked and all I saw was flames in the doorway.’
The parents quickly woke up and got their five children out of the burning home.
‘She’s screaming, “Fire! Fire! Fire!”‘ Nathan said. ‘My initial thought was, “OK, I’m going to get up and I’m going to get to work.”‘
He added: ‘We had seconds. It’s nothing short of a miracle.’
A volunteer firefighter for six years, Nathan had taught his children what to do in the event of a fire, particularly not touch anything while escaping.
The father said that none of the smoke alarms in their home in Alvord, Texas, sounded.
‘We had brand new, less than a year old, smoke alarms in our house,’ Nathan told WFAA. ‘None of them went off.’
Once outside, the family watched the inferno destroy their home, as well as their two cars.
‘About maybe a minute after we got out of the house, our front door had flames coming out of it,’ Nathan said. ‘Everything was in flames.’
Kayla lamented that ‘everything was gone’ inside her home and that lost her car. But she was grateful for her young son’s heroism.
‘Brandon saved us,’ she said.
‘He saved our entire family. I mean, he’s our little mini hero.’
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