12-year-old rescues 4-year-old from burning house in Homestead



HOMESTEAD, Pa. - A 12-year-old girl saved her young sister from a burning house in Homestead Wednesday morning.

The blaze was reported in the 1600 block of West Street around 6 a.m.

“We had heavy fire showing from every window in the house,” said Homestead Fire Chief James Barca.

Firefighters said the home was significantly damaged in the fire, and neighboring homes were damaged by smoke.

The 12-year-old girl told Channel 11 News that she carried her 4-year-old sister out of the home to safety.

“All of a sudden, I heard my mom saying, ‘There’s a fire,’” 12-year-old Laniyah Coller said.

Laniyah said she was upstairs with her 4-year-old sister, Angel-Lynn, at the time.

“I was like, ‘Where’s the fire at?’ and she said, ‘Downstairs.’ I said, ‘Are we going to jump out the windows?’ and she said, ‘No, just hurry up downstairs,’” Laniyah said. “That’s when I grabbed my sister. I just skipped the steps. All the smoke was in my eyes.”

Everyone was able to escape unharmed.

“The first thing when I woke up, when my sister was carrying me, I saw the fire all up there,” Angel-Lynn said.

The family is believed to have lost everything in the blaze.

“My sister carried me, but then she was crying because all our stuff was gone. Even my pretty clothes are gone,” Angel-Lynn said.

The Red Cross is helping a total of four adults and nine children.

Investigators said the fire was an accident, caused by unattended food burning in the kitchen.