A teen died after running into a burning apartment building to save a 3-year-old

Lucas Silverio, 19.

Lucas Silverio, 19.

  • On Sunday, a 16-story building in the Bronx caught flame.
  • A 19-year-old teenager ran into the building in an attempt to save a 3-year-old girl who had been separated from her mother, ABC 7 reported.
  • Both Lucas Silverio, 19, and Yasleen McDonald, 3, collapsed in a smoky hallway and were sent to get medical attention.
  • Silverio died Wednesday and McDonald died Monday.
  • Their families are using GoFundMe to raise money to cover funeral costs.
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On Sunday, a 19-year-old teenager attempted to save a 3-year-old girl who had been separated from her mother after a 16-story building in the Bronx caught flame.

Lucas Silverio awoke to his building on fire, according to ABC 7. After the 19-year-old safely got his grandmother outside, he raced back to the building’s 14th floor to save 3-year-old Yasleen McDonald who had been separated from her mother.

As they made their way out, the pair collapsed in a smoky hallway. They were sent to a nearby hospital where they were found to have burns on 80% of their bodies, according to the New York Post.

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Sadly, both Silverio and McDonald died following the incident.

McDonald died on Monday. Her neighbor Bridget Stewart told the New York Daily News that she was a “joyous, happy, bubbling little 3-year-old.”

“For her short life, she touched many hearts. She is truly going to be missed by this community,” Stewart said.

At this time, McDonald’s family has raised over $4,000 via GoFundMe to “alleviate the financial burden of everything lost in this fire and allow [the family] to grieve with just a little less stress.”

Silverio died Wednesday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

“He was a wonderful human being,” his second cousin Jesse Alvarez told ABC 7. “A heart of gold. His heart was the size, it couldn’t fit in his body.”

A GoFundMe for Silverio calls the teen “brave soldier who risked his own life to save another.” At the time of this post, it has a raised just over $2,000.

Authorities are still unclear about what sparked the inferno, which the New York Post reported started in the building’s trash compactor. A spokesperson for the FDNY told INSIDER that the fire is currently under investigation.