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2-year-old saves family of 7 from house fire

Story at a glance

  • A Texas family of 7 has heralded their 2-year-old with saving them from a house fire.
  • The 2-year-old woke up his parents and alerted them to the flames.
  • The Dahls were able to escape with their five children unharmed, but the fire took their house and car.

A Texas family of 7 is heralding their 2-year-old with saving them from a house fire.  

Nathan and Kayla Dahl were asleep Jan. 15, recovering from COVID-19, when their 2-year-old Brandon came into their room and woke them up.  

“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 Dahls were able to escape with their five children unharmed, but the fire took their house and car. The smoke detector didn’t begin to go off until after they had escaped.  


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“Everything is gone,” said Kayla. “We lost my car. Everything inside the house.”   

The Dahls believe a gas heater in their living room started the fire.   

“Brandon saved us,” said Kayla. “He was wrapped in in God’s arms to help protect him and to make sure that our entire family was able to get out.” 


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