A pizza delivery man has saved the lives of two children and three teenagers after pulling them out of their burning home.
Indiana driver Nicholas Bostic, 25, was cruising past a home in the city of Lafayette when he saw the inferno and ran inside.
Bostic helped save the lives of an 18-year-old and two 13-year-olds, plus two children aged one and six.
Four of the youngsters were siblings and one of the 13-year-olds was a friend who had been sleeping over at the property, according to officials.
Bostic, who was unable to call 911 as he didn’t have his phone on him, entered through the home’s back door and ran upstairs where he found the kids, ushering them out of the property.
But once outside, Bostic was told that a six-year-old girl was still in the property, so he ran back into the home to find her.
Despite the thick smoke, Bostic located the girl and punched through a window so they could both get out.
Bostic was treated in hospital for a serious cut to his arm and severe smoke inhalation, according to Indiana police, but has since been discharged.
Speaking to ABC7 Chicago, Bostic opened up about his heroic actions, and even revealed the kids’ dad had offered to buy him dinner.
“The dad said he’d love to take me out for dinner. They have wide-open arms welcoming me as a part of their family,” Bostic shared.
“I’m glad I was there at the right time, the right place. If [the] opportunity came again and I had to do it, I would do it.
“I knew what I was risking. I knew the next second it could be my life. But every second counted.”
Lafayette Police Lt. Randy Sherer confirmed the blaze broke out at around 12:30am on 11 July and hailed Bostic's actions as ‘heroic’.
Sherer also said that all of the children caught up in the inferno are doing well.
On 14 July Lafayette Police released a statement that said in part: “Nicholas happened to be driving by the block of Union street when he noticed a house on fire.
“He immediately stopped in the roadway, threw his car into reverse, turned around and pulled into the driveway.
“He knew he had to act. He ran around to the back of the home and was able to open the back door. He began yelling inside [but] didn’t receive an answer.
“He walked through the house, calling out the danger, and eventually made his way up the stairs. He found four kids and helped them escape from the house.”
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