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Jade Small
Jade Small
February 7, 2022 ·  2 min read

Toddler Saves Family From Deadly House Fire Parents Couldn’t Smell

If you have had Covid, you may have had symptoms such as lack of taste and lack of smell. A family in Texas narrowly missed being engulfed in a house fire from not being able to smell while recovering from COVID-19. Thanks to their toddler, the family managed to survive. The little boy is now being hailed a hero, after saving his family.

Little hero Brandon Dahl pictured with his dad, Nathan.

Little Boy Saves Entire Family

Nathan and Kayla Dahl and their five children were able to escape their home thanks to their two-year-old son, Brandon. A fire had started in the middle of the night, and only little Brandon could smell the smoke. Apparently, none of the house’s smoke detectors had gone off either.

Brandon thankfully managed to wake his parents up at around 4.30am. “He tapped me on my feet in bed and was coughing and saying, “Mama, hot. Mama, hot, I turned around. I looked and all I saw was flames in the doorway.’

Nathan Dahl volunteer firefighter
Nathan Dahl

His mom, Kayla also says that “He saved our entire family. I mean, he’s our little mini hero.

According to Nathan: “We had brand new, less than a year old, smoke alarms in our house. None of them went off. We had seconds, i’s nothing short of a miracle.

Just before 5:00am on January 15 Decatur Fire Tanker 115 and Chief 115 responded to a reported structure fire on Woody Street in the City of Alvord. via Facebook

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Family Loses Home, Cars

Nathan Dahl is also a volunteer fire fighter with the Alvord Fire Department, says he had an exit plan, thankfully. “We’ve had a plan. This is how everything’s going to go.

Little two-year-old Brandon had fallen asleep in the living room where a gas heater was the likely cause of the blaze. He managed to get to his parent’s bedroom and woke them up while coughing at around 4.30 am.

The Jan. 15 fire completely leveled the family's home.

Kayla Dahl said. “I just saw the flames coming out of our living room and into our bedroom” Nathan recalls thinking that his wife was screaming ‘fire’ because he was called to duty, not because his own home was the one in flames! : “She’s screaming, ‘Fire! Fire! Fire! My initial thought was, ‘OK, I’m going to get up and I’m going to get to work.’”

I think it’s safe to say that little Brandon is a true hero and thankfully he, and his nose, were there to save his family!

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  1. Parents couldn’t smell smoke when their house caught fire. Their 2-year-old saved them.” USA Today. Carly Stern. January 27, 2022.
  2. “‘It’s nothing short of a miracle’ | Texas toddler wakes up parents, saves family from fire.WFAA. Jay Wallis. January 25, 2022.