Earlier this week, 10-year-old Roselin Castro, was alone with her seven-year-old sister when she noticed smoke and fire outside of their West Des Moines, Iowa, home. With her mom out dropping off her youngest siblings at daycare, Roselin was left to save herself and her little sister. She quickly got her sister out of the house and got the attention of a man walking his dog nearby. The man and others called 911.
Roselin's mother returned to find her house in flames and was initially distraught, unsure if her daughters had escaped, but thanks to Roselin, both girls were safe. West Des Moines Fire Marshal Mike Whitsell praised the girls for their quick actions, stating, "That fire was burning very intensely, and it was spreading rapidly, and so for them to be able to get outside, get everybody outside without any injuries - we are very fortunate."
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire. They managed to save the family's dog and were glad the girls didn’t try to themselves. Roselin credits her knowledge of what to do during a fire to her school lessons. The family has lost their home and belongings, but Roselin knows what’s really important, saying, "The thing that is more important is family, not other stuff."