VAN BUREN TWP., (WWJ/AP) – A toddler is in critical condition after suffering burns to half her body in the Detroit-area house fire that killed her 14-year-old uncle.
Seven people, including four children, were in the home when the fire started at about 4 a.m. Sunday in Van Buren Township.
Family members told the Ann Arbor News that Savion Robinson went to save his 2-year-old niece, Amariyana Wells, after sending one of his sisters for help.
The girl’s grandmother, Cherie Wells, said firefighters found Amariyana at the top of the stairs and Savion in the basement. The stairs had collapsed and relatives believe Savion pushed Amariyana to safety just in time.
Savion was killed in the fire. Six people, including Amariyana, were taken to a hospital. Amariyana and one of Savion’s sisters remain in the hospital.
“Savion is a hero to our family,” Lorenzo Wells, who shares a sister with the boy, told the newspaper. “It took a lot of courage to do what he did.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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