TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va (WVVA)- A 4-year-old child is being called a hero after saving his family in a house fire this week in Raven, Virginia.
Little Elijah Spaulding rescued his baby sister, and mother from their burning home.
“I smelled the fire. I pulled her out (his baby sister) and I went in mommy’s room with sissy, and I told her ‘mommy there’s a fire,” Spaulding explained.
Elijah’s mother, Mylinda said she taught her son to alert her if he ever spotted a dangerous situation like this.
“He said, ‘mommy, we got to get out.’ I said, ‘did you get your sister,’ and he had his sister in his arms,” she recalled.
Elijah’s father, Bobby Spaulding was at work when the fire broke out.
“I really didn’t understand my wife when she called. She was hysterical and I just looked at my boss and said I have to go, there’s something wrong. My co-worker rushed me back here and that’s when I saw that it was a house fire,” Mr. Spaulding said.
Unfortunately, the family’s 1-year-old Great Dane, Harley didn’t make it out.
“He was heart broken about his dog,” Mrs. Spaulding said.
Despite losing everything, the Spauldings spirits are high.
“We’re going to take it day by day, and eventually again we’ll have a better start,” Spaulding said.
The family has a Facebook Fundraiser online. If you would like to help and donate to the Spauldings: CLICK HERE