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Man Saves Toddlers From Burning Home

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Three people remained hospitalized Friday afternoon after they were saved from a west Nashville burning home Thursday night.

One day later, Patrick Kirby said it's still hard to think about what happened while he and his wife left their family to make a run for laundry detergent.

"We saw the smoke come over the highway and I knew it had to have been in this area," said Kirby.

Inside the home, was his mother-in-law Doris Hoak and her fiancé Hugh Baxter. Kirby's two children 3-year-old Lennon and 2-year old Josie were inside the room where the fire started.

Baxter said Hoak woke him up around 8:30 Thursday night screaming, "the house is on fire!"

He said he then ran to get the children who were already sleeping, but the smoke was too thick. He then decided to run around the back of the home to try to pull the two children out of a window.

Officials said Hoak, and the two children, Lennon and Josie, were all taken to the hospital.

Hoak and 2-year-old Josie seem to have minor injuries, "Lennon on the other hand had visible burns on his hands, forehead and his back; his belly as well," said Kirby.

Looking at the aftermath and thinking about what could have happened is just too much for Baxter - a man the family called a hero.

"I wouldn't call myself a hero," said Baxter. "I'm just doing what I am supposed to do as a man."

The family was receiving assistance from the Red Cross, but they lost everything they own in the fire.

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