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17-year-old says Indy mom saved his life in Christmas morning fire

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One 17-year-old in Indianapolis credits his mom for saving his life Christmas morning, when a fire broke out in his home, but he was asleep. 

It was around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday that the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to East 25th Street and North College Avenue for a home on fire. 

The Doucoure family was asleep inside the home. A good Samaritan, someone who happened to see the flames shooting out of the home, started banging on the front door. 

Most of the family woke up from the commotion. Sadio Doucoure is 17. He said he and his 19-year-old brother were still sleeping. 

That’s when their mom started banging on their door. 

“She just said, ‘Fire, fir. Wake up. Fire,’ and we wake up,” said Sadio, who at first didn’t believe there really was a fire. 

He said he quickly still got out and then saw the flames shooting from the second floor. IFD believes it was an accidental electrical fire. 

“I thanks my momma I’m still alive,” Sadio said. 

Nine people, including six children, were displaced by the fire. 

Sadio, a senior at Crispus Attucks High School, said he hopes to try out for the Indy Eleven next year. His big dreams are on hold, though, as his home has $40,000 damage. 

Certainly not the way his family wanted to spend their Christmas, but at the same time, Sadio found reasons to be thankful. 

“I mean I’m happy my family is still alive. that’s the most important thing,” he said.