A Brampton teen is being hailed a hero after rescuing a 10-year-old child from a house fire in Brampton on Tuesday morning.
Three people are dead and the child in critical condition at SickKids after a house on Madison Street near North Park Drive and Dixie Road went up in flames at around 4 a.m.
Sheldon Teague, 19, a Brampton teen who was staying in the basement at the time rescued the girl. Teague told reporters that he went to check upstairs after he heard screaming and started smelling smoke.
When he saw flames he kicked in the door and started shouting. He used a cell phone flashlight to help him signal to the girl that he was there.
“She made it about halfway down the hall and then I started to make out her legs, so I ran towards her, picked her up and brought her outside,” said Teague.
After rescuing the girl he went back into the house and continued shouting to try to help the others out, but by that time the fire had completely engulfed the front of the house.
“I’m not a hero, just a regular person who did what needed to be done in the moment,” said Teague.
Brampton Fire has confirmed that the fire started on the upper level of the house in the living room, but there’s no word yet on what caused the blaze.
Crews also suspect that there were no working fire alarms in the home at the time of the fire.
Brampton Fire, Peel regional police and the Ontario Fire Marshal continue to investigate.
Watch Teague’s full account below.