12-Year-Old Helps Family Escape North Philadelphia Rowhouse Fire


September 14, 2020

Not all superheroes wear capes.

A 12-year-old boy helped his family escape a North Philadelphia rowhouse fire, NBC10 Philadelphia reports. 

Jaquan Whack awakened in the middle of the night to discover that his neighbor’s house was on fire. The preteen quickly alerted his family, getting them all to safety before the fire had time to spread. The blaze continued to consume several nearby homes, seriously damaging at least two homes. 


“I looked out my window because I heard something like sizzling…” Jaquan said. “I saw a red fire, it was so big [so] I ran down the stairs, jumped down the stairs basically and told everybody and got everybody out.”




Thanks to Jaquan’s quick thinking, his family and all of the neighbors were able to get out of their homes safely and call 911. Firefighters subdued the flames rather quickly after arriving on scene and are currently investigating what could have caused the blaze. 

Jaquan said he’s happy he was able to help everybody but still wasn’t able to find his cat in the midst of the chaos. The boy is being praised for his efforts and the family is hoping they can track the cat and other family pets down once firefighters declare the area safe. It will be a long journey for those who have lost things but at least everyone walked away with their lives.

Thank you for your bravery Jaquan!


Photo Courtesy of MSN

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