Neighbor rescues baby from burning Indianapolis home

No serious injuries reported

INDIANAPOLIS - A neighbor rushed into a burning home and saved a baby on Indianapolis' north side Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to a home at 3949 Boulevard Place just before 12:30 p.m. on a report of heavy smoke and flames.

Rashiea Alsul, 32, was home with her two sons, 4 and 1 years old, when she said she believes the older boy was playing with a lighter and started the blaze in a bedroom.

Alsul was able to escape the home with the 4-year-old, but said she wasn't able to grab the younger boy.

That's when Ladonna Thomas sprang into action.


"We all ran outside and then that's when i saw the mother out here screaming trying to get back in house," Thomas said. "I buried a child before so i know how it feels... when you hear cries... as a mother you feel that pain."
Thomas said she first tried to rescue the boy at the side of the house, but when that didn't work, she ran around to the front of the house and got the boy's attention.
"I could hear him screaming, 'Mommy, please help me,' so i told him to follow the light to the front of the house," she said.
Thomas said she kept talking to the child, asking if he could hear her.
"And we followed each other's voices and I probably got midway in front room when he grabbed my neck and I just picked him up and ran out front door," she said.

Alsul and the 1-year-old were taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in good condition to be checked out for smoke inhalation.

Thomas said she doesn't want the attention that has come along with her actions.

"I had gratification when he grabbed my neck and he hugged me tight. That was gratification enough for me," she said.

The family's dog, Lucky, was found on the front porch of the home and was given oxygen at the scene.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 15 minutes. The home is believed to be a total loss.

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