Teen Saves Children During NW Miami-Dade House Fire

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A teen is being praised for his heroic actions after he saved his niece and nephew from their burning home Monday in northwest Miami-Dade.

Ofonso Henry said he ran straight into his burning house in the 1600 block of Northwest 123rd Street after he heard his mother's screams of panic.

"She came out yelling, 'Fire, fire, fire!'" Henry told NBC 6. "... I automatically ran to the room, went through the fire and grabbed the kids."

Cellphone video from a witness captured the flames shooting out of a window and thick, gray smoke surrounding the home along Northwest 123rd Street and 16th Avenue.

"I would say they're pretty fortunate that he was out there and alert," said Commander Kessler Brooks of the North Miami Police Department. "He had the thought of mind to go back in."

Henry was hospitalized with burns on his hands and feet, but he's expected to recover.

"I'm alive, so I'm doing great," he said.

Meanwhile, his 3-year-old nephew Jasai and 1-year-old niece Madison were being treated for smoke inhalation at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

"I feel like I saved two innocent lives today, yeah I feel like I’m a hero," Henry said.

Officials said the fire was quickly brought under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Red Cross is assisting the family. A Gofundme was established to help with damages.

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