Firefighters buying presents for kids whose dad died

The Detroit News

Detroit — Fire investigators are raising money to buy Christmas presents for three children whose father died saving his family from a fire.

Sisters Ladashya, 10, and Alana Baker, 13, lost their father, Patrick Baker, when he saved his family from a house fire.

Fire investigators say Patrick Baker, 27, displayed "amazing courage" after he was awakened by smoke inside his home about 5 a.m. Nov. 1. He alerted his daughter, Alana Baker, 13, to get out, and made sure other relatives escaped the blaze.

He escaped the fire but returned to the home to rescue other relatives, firefighters said. Baker passed his 10-year-old daughter, Ladashya, through a kitchen window before dying of smoke inhalation. He also left behind a son, Patrick Baker, 7.

Patrick Baker, 7, lost his father in a house fire.

"While no gift could ever replace the loss of a loved one, our goal is to bring some joy to these children who have lost so much," said Fire Lt. James Hill-Harris, an arson investigator.

He and fire investigators plan to present the children with Christmas presents, gift cards and a lunch on Dec. 23 at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

To donate, send checks to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, 1301 Third St., Detroit, MI 48226 or go to the group's website.