Just two days after the fatal fire, that sent a fireman to the hospital with severe burns, the fireman's uncle is now speaking to CBS 21 News.
Lt. Andre Kelley has been upgraded from critical condition to stable. But the percentage of his body that is severely burned has also been upgraded to 40 percent.
Dennis Perry, Lt. Kelley's Uncle tells us, although the family wasn't expecting this they know it's a risk. "Everyday you go out that door, you pray and hope and train it doesn't happen. But when it does it's part of the job."
Early Monday morning, when a massive fire tore through this home on the 200 block of E. Madison Street in Lancaster, Lt. Andre Kelley and his partner where first on scene. They knew people were trapped inside and ran in to save them. But there was an explosion and Lt. Kelley was badly injured.
Perry says he's not surprised his nephew made the decision he did. "Any other fireman first arriving on that scene would have made the same decision, including myself."
Lt. Kelley comes from a family of fireman including his dad and his uncle Dennis Perry,who is a current city fireman. "If you where to say to Andre, are you a hero? He would say, I'm not a hero. But when you look at what we do compared to sports figures who are looked upon as the biggest heroes, there's no comparison."
Kelley is currently in the Chester-Crozier Medical Center with burns on 40% of his body badly burned. He's heavily sedated and hasn't seen his two kids since leaving for work the day of the fire.
We asked Perry if he thought his nephew would go back to the job, he says there's no doubt. "He's a very strong willed individual. Doctors have said they expect a full recovery and he'll be back on the job. And I'm sure when he does get back on the job, if the same call comes in, he'll do the same thing again."