Why one fire hero needs some help of his own

Children saved from burning house in West Alexandria. (WDTN photo/Bear Everett)
Children saved from burning house in West Alexandria. (WDTN photo/Bear Everett)

WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (WDTN) — A wall of fire is what seperated one man from his family.

“I went through the flames, grabbed the child, got the child out of there,” says Brandon Barton.

But two kids were still inside, so Brandon made the decision to go back into his burning West Alexandria home a second time.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do as a family man,” Barton says. “You’re supposed to protect your family.”

With his girlfriend and her three kids, ages 7, 5 and 1, finally safe Brandon collapsed on his front yard.

All the smoke he’d inhaled left him gasping for breath and grasping to life.

He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital by helicopter.

“I was in ICU for a few days,” Brandon says.

A week after the fire Brandon is out of the hospital.

But now this hero could use a few helping hands of his own.

“We lost everything,” Brandon says. “There’s nothing left.”

Brandon says his family didn’t have renters insurance so this last week has been tough for them.

He saved them from the flames but the fire still took its toll.

“If anybody was going to get hurt I was going to make sure it was me,” Brandon says. “That’s my responsibility is taking care of my family.”

A fund is being set up at Fifth Third Bank for anyone who would like to donate to the Barton family.

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