Teen dies af­ter heroic try to save tod­dler from fire

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE/NATION -

NEW YORK — A Bronx teen died Wed­nes­day, three days af­ter he raced into a rag­ing apart­ment fire and car­ried a 3-year-old girl down 14 flights of stairs in a des­per­ate and ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful res­cue at­tempt, rel­a­tives and po­lice sources said Wed­nes­day.

Lu­cas Sil­ve­rio ran up to­ward the flames in the early morn­ing hours Sun­day af­ter a fire in the com­pactor room of a Bronx build­ing went up a shaft to the 14th floor, with mom Jas­mine Moreno and daugh­ter Yasleen McDon­ald forced to flee through the bil­low­ing smoke and sear­ing heat from an apart­ment one floor up.

When mother and daugh­ter tripped and be­came sep­a­rated in the dense smoke, the 19year-old Sil­ve­rio heard Jas­mine scream­ing for her lost child, the sources said.

He ran back up the stairs and found the lit­tle girl on the 14th floor. Sil­ve­rio grabbed the girl just as both were scalded by a mas­sive blast of heat and fire, ac­cord­ing to the sources.

Sil­ve­rio, who was naked, burned and dis­ori­ented when he reached the ground floor, de­liv­ered the badly burned Yasleen to wait­ing fire­fight­ers and paramedics. The lit­tle girl, suf­fer­ing from smoke in­hala­tion and burns over 80% of her tiny body, died one day later at New York-Presbyteri­an Weill Cor­nell Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Sil­ve­rio was burned over 80% of his body as well and died Wed­nes­day.

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