10-year-old boy hailed hero after saving family from fire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — He’s only 10 years old and now Dorian Harris is being called a hero.

When asked if he feel like a hero, the Douglas Elementary School fifth grader said, “Yes, it’s pretty cool.”

During the wee hours of the morning on Friday, Dorian was up bright and early watching cartoons, but suddenly he smelled smoke and then saw flames all around his family’s apartment near Everett and Washington in Kansas City, Kan.

“Yep, suddenly the fire came through the door, and I rushed to my parents to tell them about it,” he said. “I said, ‘Mama, Mama there’s a fire coming inside.’ My stepfather tried to put it out, but it wouldn’t work.”

“Were you scared? No, not really,” added Dorian.

The fearless fifth grader woke up his family just in time and they all jumped out of a first floor window. Dorian’s stepfather and big brother suffered minor cuts and bruises after they hopped out of the window.

“It was very frightening, and I’m just thankful that my baby ran to wake us up,” said Mary Bryant, Dorian’s mother. “If it wasn’t for him, we all probably would’ve died of smoke inhalation or died in that fire.”

In all, four families were burned out of their apartments.

The Red Cross is now assisting the families, putting them up in motels and helping them with food.

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