OKLAHOMA CITY — A family of eight is homeless after a house fire in the 2500 block of S.E. 49th St., but thanks to an 8-year-old little girl inside the home, those trapped by the flames were able to escape before it was too late.
Fire engine lights lit up the neighborhood while flames consumer 8-year-old Karizma Smith’s home.
”I was scared because I thought my family was going to die,” Karizma said.
The little girl spotted the fire when she woke up to get a snack just after midnight.
The rest of her family was sound asleep.
“I saw flames coming off the stove,” she said.
Firefighters said the fire started on the stove after grease left on the burner ignited.
After learning fire safety in school just this month, Karizma knew what to do.
She immediately woke up her other six family members inside.
“I yelled, ‘Papaw, it’s a fire,’ and he woke up,” Karizma said.
“I’m glad I’m out because smoke would have killed me if they didn’t start hollering; I would have died in there,” Henry Love said.
“I think what she did was good and brave,” Karizma’s cousin, Teaone Carr, said. “So she did good since she was the first one to see the fire.”
Others had to break out a window to escape the blaze.
Two were rushed to the hospital with cuts from the glass.
Karizma’s mother, Candis Smith, was at work when the fire broke out, working to pay for home insurance.
She now has to start over but said thankfully, her family escaped.
“I’m just blessed my kids got out,” Smith said. “They made it out and that’s all you can ask for.”
Investigators estimate the fire caused $20,000 in damage to the inside of the home.
While Karizma looks over her charred belongings outside her home, she too remembers saving her family.
“Thank goodness they were safe,” she said.
Now, the girl said she hopes other children are prepared.
Karizma said, “I would tell them to scream, and tell your mamma or whoever is with you to wake up and go outside.”