Gretna teen saves family from burning home

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GRETNA, Va (WFXR News) – A Gretna 16-year-old is being hailed a hero after saving his family from their burning home Monday morning.

Not only did he wake up his family and tell them to get out of the house, but Isaiah Griffin went back into the burning home to save his two baby nephews.

Despite losing everything in the fire he didn’t miss a beat with basketball. He didn’t miss any practices or games after the fire.

“It’s just something I’ve always done since I was 4-years-old,” said Griffin.

For Isaiah Griffin, basketball has always been a priority, but he isn’t being called a hero for what he’s done on the court.

It’s for what he did at his home. It caught fire around 1:30 Monday morning. Isaiah was still awake and smelled the smoke.

“I went and woke my whole family up. My mom, my brother, my sister and her kids,” said Griffin.

Isaiah’s mom Julie Feldt says her 2-year-old and 4-month-old grandbabies were still inside the house.

“Kind of in a blur, my daughter comes running from the back and we kind of push her out the door. Then I’m like ‘Oh My God the babies,” said Feldt.

That’s when Isaiah ran back in to get them.

“There were flames right when I opened the door and smoke all through the house. And then the flames started spreading. And when I was coming out with the kids, some flames got me in the back of my the neck and my hair caught on fire,” Griffin said.

His injuries were minor and didn’t keep him off the court Wednesday. They beat Tunstall High School 73 to 66.

He says he didn’t even think twice about going into the house for his nephews.

“It was just a reaction. I didn’t realize I was doing something special until it was already done,” said Griffin.

It was a reaction his mother was very proud of.

“I think it’s amazing and selfless. I mean, you would expect that from a parent or grandparent, but not from a 16-year-old kid. And by the time I even thought to go in, he was already in,” said Feldt.

After saving his two nephews his mom says he wasn’t done. His mother says they couldn’t find his 11-year-old brother whose bedroom was in the back of the house. So he handed off the babies and immediately ran to the back of the house, to find his brother, who was able to get out safely.

Julie says, unfortunately, this isn’t the first fire for the family. They moved to Gretna because back in 2013 their house in California caught fire.

“Lost everything that time too,” said Feldt. “Actually Isaiah woke me up for that fire as well.”

Julie says the community has shown them a generous outpouring of support. She says someone donated a new trailer and land for it, now they need to dig a well and get the septic system hooked up so they can have a place to call home again.

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