A multi-family home was destroyed outside of Boston recently, and many of the residents there are safe today, thanks to the keen eye and determination of a home care aide. Mireille Prophete had just arrived on the scene to assist a client when she noticed smoke billowing from a part of the house.
When she spotted the flames begin pouring from a window, that’s when she took action and began pounding on doors to make everyone there aware of the situation. It can become a bit too commonplace for people to hear sirens, smell smoke, or even hear a detector alarm beeping and assume it’s somewhere else, but when some of the residents heard the alarm in Ms. Prophete’s voice, they knew it was serious.
When they saw the blaze beginning to consume their home, they knew they were lucky. By the time firefighters arrived, hearing reports of people trapped inside, they were relieved and surprised to learn everyone had safely gotten out, largely due to the quick thinking of a home care aide who is constantly looking out for others.
According to 7 News Boston, in its report, Home health care aide alerts Lynn residents to roaring fire, by Eric Kane:
“Mireille Prophete, a home health care aide, was just arriving at the Dorinda Circle home to assist a resident when she smelled smoke. A short time later, fierce flames started shooting from a window and Prophete rushed into action.
“No people downstairs and no people upstairs,” Prophete said. “They didn’t know there was a fire.”
Prophete began knocking on doors and was able to alert everyone inside to the dangerous situation, including Chrystell Exavier, who was sound asleep in a second-floor bedroom.”
Ms. Prophete has been hailed as a hero, but the humble woman deflected that praise, saying, “No, I don’t feel like a hero. I say thank you, God.” About 10 people were displaced due to the fire and though the home wasn’t completely destroyed, it suffered significant damage. There was no word on when some of the residents may be able to return or at least retrieve some of their personal effects, those that can be salvaged.
Home care aides are most often people of high compassion and truly care about those in need. Stories like this, though they don’t often gain enough media attention across the country or even smaller regions, are essential to share so the general public begins to truly understand the kind of people who make up the majority of in home care support workers.