Hero teen saves four kids from burning building as police launch arson enquiry

A teenager is being praised as a hero after she ran into a burning building to save four children.

Tasharna Walters risked her own life to rescue the youngsters as flames engulfed her neighbour's home on Friday (Oct 30).

Seventeen-year-old Tasharna kicked in her neighbour’s kitchen window and rushed through the smoke-filled house following the sound of a child's crying until she found her.

She says she was woken at around 2am after another resident in her Birmingham street banged on her front door to sound the alarm.

"Me and my mum were awoken by a banging at the door. We went downstairs to see who it was and it was a guy banging at the door to alert us about the fire opposite us," she said.

She told Birmingham Live that while three of the older children had made their way out onto the roof of the burning house, one little girl – aged just four – was still trapped inside; "I ran and I kicked in the kitchen window and climbed up to the top room. It was blacked out, I saw the flames on the landing.

"But because there was a boiler in the room, I was more worried about the little girl's safety. As long as she was out, I was fine.

"I saw the little girl – she was screaming and crying. The man had followed me in so I handed the little girl to the man and I climbed down.”

Tasharna then checked on the other kids: "I went to accompany the other girls, the firemen came with the ladder and helped the man down, by that time the house had already exploded at least three times."

The heroic teen stayed with the children, who were very distressed, while they were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation. All four children were later taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

A statement from West Midlands Police about the incident reads: "A man has been charged with arson following a house fire in Round Road, Erdington on Friday (30 October).

"Mickel Munn, 37 from Mary Road in Stechford, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and remanded to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today (2 November).

"A 29-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of child neglect, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries."

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