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'I Don't Care If I Was Burning': Heroic Uncle Rescues His 8-year-old Niece From A House Fire
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Heroic Uncle Rescues His 8-year-old Niece From A House Fire

(CNN) — This super-uncle ran straight into a burning building to save his 8-year-old niece when a fire broke out at their home.

Derrick Byrd, 20, says he has fourth-, third- and second-degree burns but does not regret any of the steps he took to save his niece.

"I don't care if I was burning," Byrd said. "I just wanted to make sure I got her out."

His face, neck, arms and back are covered in gauze as he recovers in a specialized care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

When the fire started early Thursday at the home in Aberdeen, Washington, Byrd's sister and her three children were trapped in a second-floor room.