Updated 03/21/2013 07:21 PM
12-year-old girl saves family members from burning home
Police have yet to determine the cause of a fire that killed a man in Gloversville Wednesday night. Our Madeleine Rivera has more from Gloversville on the fire and why some are calling a 12-year-old girl a hero.
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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- "The fire was scary. I didn't know it was going to be as big," said Kiara Ormanian Vanslyke.
The 12-year-old is the hero in a fire that killed one man at a home on 5th Avenue.
"We got them out by opening the door and we ran," Vanslyke said.
Vanslyke helped four out of five people, including herself, escape the fire. It started around 9 p.m. In this video that neighbor Kevin Clark shot, you see flames consuming the two story house.
"I mean, within minutes, the whole house was on fire. I've never seen anything like it," said Clark.
But, Vanslyke’s quick thinking prevented this tragedy from becoming a lot worse. She pulled her little brother and sister from the house. Her grandfather also escaped.
"I didn't know what to do at first. But I just had to run and do it," she said.
"The woman across the street. Her son knew the family. He came out and ran over and I guess the elder gentleman was standing on the front porch. The two men come flying out the porch and pulled him out," said Clark.
Donald Larimore, 41, wasn't as lucky. He was pulled out by firefighters and sent to the hospital where he later died.
"But we're all okay," said Vanslyke.