When Ray Lucas and Shi’Ann Brown made a routine run to the corner gas station, they had no qualms about leaving their daughters behind at home with relatives in the house. But within that 15-minute trip, their lives were completely upturned, and they returned to find their babies trapped inside a burning house.
“The house was engulfed in smoke, I saw my mom and my niece were standing at the door and they were frantic,” Lucas said about the horrifying sight he saw when he returned with his girlfriend back to their house in Eastpointe, Michigan.
The family believes that the fire started in the basement and soon began racing through the entire house. Although the adults managed to make it out in time, they began fearing the worst because the 18-month-old babies, Milan and Malaysia, were still inside.
“I just knew I had to get my babies out,” Ray said. “That’s what went through my mind.”
While the house was still engulfed in flames, Ray entered the house and made it to the basement only because he knew exactly where his babies were sleeping.
“You really couldn’t see your hand in front of your face – I really only found my babies due to my memory, just knowing where they were and knowing how to get to them – just from having that same route,” Ray told FOX 2 Detroit.