Man suffers burns after running into home to save family

Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM EDT
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(08/01/17) - Since their home caught fire, the family has received an outpouring of support after losing everything.

Family, friends and strangers have donated clothing and toys. And, they were able to move in with family, but that's next door to what's left of their home.

"Just to look at it and know that's your whole life. I had a lot of things in there," Emily Rogers said. "My Dad passed when I was 8 and I had all his pictures and things in there, those will not be replaceable, but we're alive."

Emily Rogers says that's because her boyfriend Kyle Hayes made sure she and their 4-year-old son, Zander, were safe.

"It makes me cry because he really did, he risked everything for me and him," she said.

"Running into a house, I mean everybody says it's ignorant, but I mean I don't know," Hayes said. "When it comes to family you do unbelievable things.

Hayes ran into the burning home four times. Once he realized Emily and Zander were out, he went looking for their 2 cats and 2 dogs.

But Hayes wasn't able to save them, his whole body caught fire. He's been in the hospital for the past two weeks with burns over half of his body.

"Chest, back, legs, arms. I was only in a pair of shorts," Hayes explained.

Emily says around 3 a.m. July 18th, the garage ceiling caught fire and it immediately spread to the attic and throughout their home.

I asked Zander if he was scared. "Just a little bit, but I remember the Ghostbusters. The Ghostbusters are brave," the 4-year-old explained.

Zander's room filled with toys, clothing and furniture was one of the first to catch fire.

Over the past two weeks, their neighbors and strangers have stepped up to take care of them.

"It will be okay, that's all we keep telling ourselves," Emily added. "Especially with him being home now, it makes things ten times better. Not our home, but we're together."

The Flint Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

If you'd like to help the family, we have a like to their GoFundMe page in the 'related links' section on this page.

Mario's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Flint also has a donation can out for them because both used to work there.


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