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Updated: Quick-thinking Child Saves Salisbury Family From Fire

Posted: Jun 01, 2018 10:04 AM Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- The actions of a quick-thinking 9-year-old boy are being credited with helping his family safely escape from their burning home in Salisbury.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday at Chyvonne and Keith Bailey's home at 913 Vincent Ave.

Deputy state fire marshals said 9-year-old Jakai Rayne-Davis, who lives in the home, discovered the fire in the family room. This led to the early notification of other family members who were also inside the home at the time of the blaze, authorities said.

Jakai said on Friday that he and his 5-year-old brother, Ja'yir were playing video games when they saw smoke.  At first thinking it was their grandmother's cooking, but then spotting the flames coming from behind their T.V.

"The smoke, it was like all right there in the hallway. So I told him to get on the ground and then crawl and get to the door. Then I said help, help, help!" Jakai said. 

Investigators said that upon hearing the smoke alarm activation, Jakai and Ja'yir safely exited the home and performed the proper exiting and notification methods that he learned in school fire prevention.

"Then I was thinking of going and running back in the house and go do something, but no. Because I remembered fire safety drill when he said when you go outside, never go back in," Jakai said. 

When Salisbury firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to get the fire out in five minutes. There were no reported injuries and fire damage to the structure was estimated at $300. Another $200 in damage occurred to the home's contents. 

Investigators ruled the fire accidental and said it was caused by the failure of an electric cord. 

Deputy state fire marshals said in a release that Jakai's actions "saved the lives of his family members and extensive damage to his residence."



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