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Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 5:34pm

Florida 9-year-old pulls five other children out of burning home.

Six of Otis Mason's grandchildren are safe after his 9-year-old granddaughter got her three siblings and two cousins out of his burning house.

Fire broke out in Mason's Nassau County, Florida home Monday night, the home he had lived in since 1984.

It started in a back bedroom where several of his grandchildren were about to go to bed.

When the fire broke out six kids were in the house, ranging in age from 4 months to 9-years-old.

Five-year-old Zachery Rollo went into the bedroom and came out yelling "Fire!" to his mother and grandmother.

"Me and my mother tried to put out the fire, tried to smother it, but we couldn't do it, we couldn't do it," said Shakerra Rollo. ""We looked around and said, 'Where's the kids, where's the kids?'"

They did not see the kids because 9-year-old Shakira Rollo sprang into action immediately when she heard "fire."

"When I saw the fire, I was thinking about the kids, so I got them out - my brothers, my sister, my cousins - and took them outside for safety," said Shakira.

She grabbed her 4-month-old cousin Zion Baker off the couch.

She thought to grab the child a jacket because it was cold outside, and led the four others outside -- her 2-year-old sister Jordyn, her 3-year-old brother Jaidyn, and 5-year-old Zackery.

She was scared and worried, but tried to calm the children.

"It's going to be OK, don't worry about it," Shakira told them.

"I am so proud of her, oh my God, you just don't know how proud I am of her," said her mother.

Shakeydra Baker had left both her young children with her sister-in-law.

Her niece did a fine job of babysitting.

"I think it was great. She is a hero to me," said Baker. "She got the baby and the rest of the children and she was gone."

The house was uninsured.

The family got help from the Red Cross for three nights at a hotel in Yulee, but they don't know what they'll do after that.

An account has been set up at the Southeastern Bank in Nassau County for those who want to help the family.
 

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