Albany teen saves sleeping sister from fire

December 14, 2017 07:23 PM

ALBANY - The apartment a family of six lives in now is, basically, empty.  Everything they owned was inside their home on Western Avenue when it caught fire early last Saturday morning. 

'You think you have time to react and it took us all by surprise," recalls 19 year old Dijour Carter.

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The give kids - 3 girls and 2 boys - and their mom do, however, still have each other thanks to Dijour.   As soon as the oldest realized his 8 year old sister Yahira didn't run out with the rest of them, he ran back in.

"The only thing on my mind is 'I gotta get her out.'  She's still in there."  Carter added, "Everything was smoking and black.  We couldn't see nothing."

Mom, Yarrah, was pushed back by the heat and smoke.  But Dijour continued on and found Yahira still sleeping and covered, entirely, by her blanket. 

"I grabbed her and rushed down the stairs.  I ended up falling (but still) protecting my sister," explained Carter.

The family reunited, safely, outside and couldn't believe what they saw when they looked up. 

"Her room was up in flames, it was gone and there was cracking of glass," said Carter.

The kids' mother, Yarrah Conception referenced Carter through tears, "This is my pride and joy.  I don't know what I would have baby almost died."

A home was lost but the family is more intact than ever before.

"I feel blessed.  II feel really, really lucky," added Carter.

This is actually the second time disaster struck this family.  They lost 75% of their belongings 6 months ago - at another apartment - when the pipes burst. 

To help the family recover from the most recent tragedy, please consider a donation.

The children also created a wish list for Christmas.


Abigail Bleck

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