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New York Man Dies Rescuing His Family From A Fire

Twenty-four-year-old Demetrius Johnson died after re-entering the burning building in an effort to save his son and an upstairs neighbor.
Posted at 12:30 PM, Feb 21, 2016

A father in Buffalo, New York, died Friday trying to save his family from a fire. 

The fire broke out at the apartment of 24-year-old Demetrius Johnson, his fiancee and their three children. According to Newsy’s partners at WKBW, Johnson was able to get his fiancee and two children to safety before going back into the burning home for his 3-year-old son and another man in the apartment upstairs.

Firefighters were able to rescue the 3-year-old, who is being treated for smoke inhalation. Johnson and the man he tried to rescue were both killed in the fire.  

"I'm numb to the situation. I can't stop breaking out crying," Tempest Thomas told WCPO.

Johnson’s fiancee, Tempest Thomas, was flown to Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati Saturday where the couple’s 8-year-old daughter is being treated for severe burns. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.