MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — A family is hurting after coming to grips with the horror of their new reality, standing helpless as a 12-year-old attempts what he believes to be a sibling rescue.
THEN, THEY REALIZE HE’S NOT THERE
According to Fox 6 Now, 12-year-old Adrian Cross showed tremendous courage on Monday, September 24. As his family’s two-story residence went up in flames, he took it upon himself to rush back into the home to save his brothers — thinking they were trapped inside.
However, the source reports his siblings were already out of the house and were safe by the time Cross had re-entered the home.
His grandmother, June Cross, says Adrian unfortunately got trapped on the second floor and couldn’t escape. The flames were too intense.
“He went in to get his brothers,” June told the source. “That’s what he was trying to do.”
She said they all suddenly started screaming once they realized he was inside the raging residence.
Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski notes that firemen attempted to reach Adrian Cross. And although Lipski states the flames were extraordinarily hot, he says his men pushed through and found him.
However, Adrian was pronounced dead on the scene. The department mentions doing everything it could to save the young hero.
A 12-year-old boy is dead after a house fire on Milwaukee's north side. Firefighters say they did everything they could to try and save him.
— Emily Thornton (@EmilyThorntonTV) September 25, 2018
The source says Red Cross is assisting the family during their time of grief.
And, for now, the fire’s cause and source are under investigation. The department’s deputy chief states that the flames started downstairs.
Once they arrived to the scene, the fire was already “too far gone” for them to have an effective rescue — though they tried anyway.
Via Facebook, June Cross offered a few words in remembrance of her fallen grandson.
“I would like to Thank the Lord for Blessing us with our grandson Lil Adrian. Our loss is knowing He [is] in your hands…. [We] will truly me miss Lil Adrian God has plans for you.”
Accordingly, she told NBC 13 that God has something in store for their family. They’re all reportedly relying on faith to help them through this trying time.
PLAN OF ESCAPE
The Department of Homeland Security says that every home should organize an evacuation plan, including head count, meet-up, and other procedures. The source advises as follows.
- Crawl low under any smoke to your exit — heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
- Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
- If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
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