(WICHITA, Kan.) -

Ourlexis Wilson feels lucky to be alive. She and six other children climbed out their bedroom windows to escape a fire.

As the fire engulfed the house, the children gathered outside. "My brother was like, where's London, where's London," said Ourlexis Wilson.

Through the chaos, the kids quickly realized their baby sister could not get out on her own. "London was still inside the house and she was coughing," said 14-year-old Alshonda Wilson.

The kids broke a window and Ourlexis went back into the burning house to find the one-year-old. "I got on my knees and I felt around for her. I felt her hand and I dragged her, handed her to my brother, and I climbed out the window," said Ourlexis Wilson.

"I'm so glad that she saved my sister because we could've lost her," said Alshonda Wilson.

Neighbors watched the teenager spring into action. "She's a hero. She's a champion. She's somebody we ought to emulate," said neighbor Phil Hicks.

Family and friends celebrated the heroism of the young girl. "It's just her character. That's who she is. She does everything that way. She fights, she pushes, and this is a terrible thing that this has happened to her," said Hicks.

But Ourlexis says she is thankful. It just happens to be her 17th birthday and she realizes it is another year, a new day, and a second chance at life. "I'm just glad that I got her out. That's my birthday gift. We're so blessed. Not all families make it out of fires like that. I didn't get burned, nobody got burned. So we're blessed. We're really blessed."

Firefighters were called to the home in the 4800 block of E. Arlene, near 21st and Oliver, at around 3:45 Wednesday morning. The house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Eight children and one adult were home at the time of the blaze. Three were taken to the hospital, treated for smoke inhalation, and released.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

There is no word yet on a cause, but investigators say the fire started in the master bedroom of the home. That room was destroyed by the fire. Fire officials estimate damage at around $60,000 to the building and another $5,000 to the contents.

911 dispatchers tell us there were reports of a disturbance at the home shortly before the fire.


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