A second-grader from Somers was home Wednesday night and talked exclusively to Eyewitness News after smoke and flames trapped her and her mother inside their burning apartment.
Firefighters called 7-year-old Kerra Colgan a hero.
"I was trying to open the door, but it didn't let me open," Kerra said.
She and her mother, 33-year-old Katie Colgan, made it out of their home on Main Street that was in flames last week with seconds to spare.
Fred Levesque was driving on Main Street when he saw the fire and pulled over. Fire officials said Levesque raced into the back door, hustled upstairs and crawled through smoke to save Kerra.
Kerra thanked Levesque for his help. Kerra's grandmother, Karen Harvey, had the chance to thank Levesque by phone.
But, fire officials said Kerra is a "hero" too.
"She's a hero as much as anyone else," said Somers Deputy Fire Chief Frank Falcone. "She gave us information about her mom still being in the house. We found her and got her out."
Somers firefighter Ray Stoval and his captain found Katie Colgan, who was unconscious, in a bedroom and dragged her to safety.
Kerra and Katie Colgan were out of the hospital Wednesday night. Kerra was burned, but on Wednesday, she only had a few cuts and scrapes left on her face.
While they heal, the countdown to Christmas continues, which is proving difficult for the family. They escaped the fire with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
Three families can't get back into the building, including the Colgans, and they lost everything.
"We have to start all over," Harvey said.
Harvey went on to say it is a "difficult" and "trying" time with Christmas around the corner.
Somers Elementary School, where Kerra attends, sent notices home with students announcing a donation drive for the Colgans. The principal even called Somers firefighters looking for a collection point.
"We're firefighters always looking to help," Falcone said.
As donations start coming in, Eyewitness News asked Kerra what she wants most for Christmas and she replied "a place to stay, a house in Somers."
The family is currently working on a permanent place to live.
People can drop off donations or gift cards at the Somers Fire Department, which is located at 400 Main St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or they can be sent in with students going to Somers Elementary School.
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