Charles Smith, 15, schoolboy, saved two children from burning, Mobile, Alabama, December 27, 1964. Anndranette P, Yolanda R., Frances L., and Robert L. Davis, Jr., 2 to 6, were alone in a one-story frame dwelling when fire broke out in the living room. Charles was attracted and ran 70 feet to the front door, from which dense smoke was issuing. He stepped into the living room and saw the four children near a burning sofa, above which the wall was covered with flames. Heat was intense. Charles ran to the children. He grasped the nearest child and returned to the porch as his brother Danny arrived. Charles told Danny there were other children inside. Danny entered the living room, picked up a child in each arm, and carried them outside. Charles removed the fourth child. Thinking there might be other children in the dwelling, Danny and Charles again entered the living room, where the flames were spreading rapidly over the walls and ceiling. Danny ran into an adjoining bedroom but was unable to see anything because of the dense smoke. Charles followed him to the doorway. Each had passed within two feet of flames on the wall. They returned to the living room, where the ceiling had burned through in places and fragments of plasterboard were falling. Danny and Charles ran outside, and the latter went to the rear door. As Charles kicked the door open, a neighbor arrived and told him there were no other children in the dwelling. Just then there was a sudden spread of flames. The roof collapsed, and flames rose 15 feet into the air. Firemen arrived but were unable to save the dwelling.
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