Family who couldn’t smell due to COVID escapes house fire thanks to teen daughter


A family who lost their sense of smell after testing positive for COVID-19 were able to escape their home burning up in flames after their teenage daughter smelled the smoke.

According to Newsweek, three family members in Waco, Texas, contracted coronavirus and lost their sense of smell. However, 17-year-old Bianca Rivera tested negative.

Rivera notified the family about the fire, which started around 2 a.m. at the house. Four family members were able to run out of the house when Rivera began smelling the smoke.

When Waco firefighters arrived at the home, smoke and flames were seen everywhere.

“I don’t really count myself as a hero,” Rivera said.

“I would just do whatever anyone else would do for their own family. I just wanted to get everyone else safe and alive. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I wanted was to keep everyone alive,” she added.

In the early hours, the teen said that she had smelled something burning. Since the rest of the household lost their sense of smell, the teen knew that she needed to do something.

“I started smelling burnt plastic and that’s when I got more alert and ran outside of my room and I couldn’t even pass the hallway because it was filled with so much smoke,” Rivera said.

Rivera said that she knew that she had to wake everyone up while she opened the back door and rescued everyone.

While also rescuing her family members, Rivera was able to bring the four dogs out of the home.

According to the family, the house was seriously damaged. Right now, Red Cross and Rivera’s grandparents are helping the family out.

“Right now we are renting a motel room we are trying to find a residence at the moment,” Rivera said.

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