'A superhero': Edmonton father rescues 4 kids from house fire in Mill Woods

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An Edmonton father in hospital with severe burns is being hailed as a hero after he rescued his four young children from their burning home in Mill Woods last month.

Raymond Hurrel, the adult son of Roger Jemmott, said his father tried to get his family out the front door but the fire was coming down the stairs and he realized they couldn’t escape.

“They went downstairs, he ripped the bars out the window, someone outside broke the window, and (he) passed the kids out the window,” he said.

Roger Jemmott rescued his four children, pictured, from a fire when their Mill Woods home caught fire in May. Photo supplied.
Roger Jemmott rescued his four children, pictured, from a fire when their Mill Woods home caught fire in May. Photo supplied.

The children are eight, seven, three, and nine months old. Hurrel said his siblings are calling their dad a “superhero,” and he agrees.

“He is definitely, in my eyes, a hero … He did exactly what I figured he would. I’m not surprised but I’m really proud,” he said.

Jemmott was previously a welder, made a living in the oil fields and played football in Edmonton. Hurrel said his dad is tough and a bigger guy, and he’s the kind of person who would put his life at risk to save his kids.

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“He’s just that kind of guy. He’s a protector, right? I’m not surprised that he did this or he sacrificed himself.”

Roger Jemmott rescued his four young children after his house caught on fire. He is in hospital with severe burns but is expected to recover. Supplied.
Roger Jemmott rescued his four young children after his house caught on fire. He is in hospital with severe burns but is expected to recover. Supplied.

The window was too small for Jemmott to climb out so he ran upstairs through the fire and out the door.

But he was badly burned during his escape — burns to both his arms, his head, the back of his neck are extensive. He was sedated for 11 days for skin grafting.

He’s expected to recover in up to six months but he’s awake now.

Hurrel said he’s amazed how fast his dad is healing.

“(The medical staff) are surprised how fast he’s recovering. A lot of the skin on his on the top of his head had healed before they even had the chance to consider skin grafting,” he said.

“They said the stubborn ones typically heal a lot better and a lot faster because they’re anxious to get out … He’s already telling me he thinks he’s going to be out of there in a week, but I think that’s the pain medication talking.”

But when Jemmott gets out of the hospital he won’t be able to go home.

The damage to the house is extensive and Hurrel said they hadn’t heard back from the insurance company.

Hurrel started a GoFundMe to help the family cover the costs of putting their lives back together.

So far the funds have helped Hurrel find his step mother temporary accommodation it will help him take care of his siblings, who will be staying with him and his family.

“No way that I would be able to do any of this without that GoFundMe,” he said.

By Sunday, just over $21,000 was raised of the $30,000 goal.

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