Brandon Dahl is still learning how to talk, but he’s already a life-saving hero. While the rest of his family was asleep, he was the only one aware of the fire quickly growing inside their living room, the very place where the child was sleeping. He was staying there because he had been sick, and his parents wanted him closer to their room.
Though the fire was growing around him, this brave little boy made his way to his parents room to let them know that something was wrong. “He tapped me on my feet in bed and was coughing and saying, ‘Mama, hot. Mama, hot,’” his mom, Kayla Dahl said . “I turned around. I looked and all I saw was the fire in the doorway.”
Kayla began to scream, “fire,” quickly waking up Nathan. As a volunteer fireman, he first expected to jump into action to save both his family and their house. But his plans shifted when he saw that the fire had already grown to 6 feet tall. “My heart just dropped,” he said . “In my head, I already knew this house was gone. We had to get out.”
Using the escape plan they’d practiced with their kids many times before, they got out in less than a minute, swiftly making them to their neighbor’s yard across the street. While waiting for firefighters to arrive, Nathan turned off the gas in their house from the outside to lower the chance of an explosion. But as the winds picked up, he feared they were about to have a new problem. “I just went to Kayla, who is on the phone with 911, and I told them the dangerous situation,” he said.