911 call recordings in Kansas City house fire released

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City fire department released the 911 recordings Wednesday in regards to last month's house fire at 69th and Myrtle where firefighters rescued two sisters.

Operator: "Kansas City Fire Department, what's the address of your emergency?"

The call lasted less than two minutes, but for 15-year-old Ni-Kia Porter with each second, the situation worsened.

"It was scary," Porter said.

Porter gasped for air as she could barely speak on Dec. 26. Her sister D'Erica Wright-Davis huddled nearby. 

"Operator: We've got help on the way, what's the phone number you're calling from?

Ni-Kia: "I don't know."

Operator: "What's the problem? Tell me exactly what happened."

Ni-Kia: "Ummm"

"I didn't know what to say cause I was just coughing I was like ‘I can't breathe. I can't breathe, help!'" Porter said.

Ni-Kia: "Help me!

Operator: "So please stop yelling and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth you want to conserve."

The call disconnected and the dispatcher was unaware the sisters' house was on fire. The two girls passed out before first responders arrived.

KCFD: "We're going to need a regular alarm. I'm going to give you the address here. Hold on one second. We've got police on the scene and smoke showing"

"We found the two girls in the back bedroom on top of each other," Captain Paul Atwood with Kansas City Fire Department said.

Paramedic: "I'm giving her oxygen"

One of the sisters was taken to the emergency room at Children's Mercy's, the other was transported to Research Medical Hospital.

Paramedic: "She's breathing on her own. They're working on vitals." 

Both girls suffered smoke inhalation but made a full recovery. 

After they left the hospital, the sisters had a message to the men and women who rescued them.

"I just want to say thank you," Porter said. "Ya'll saved my life"

Investigators have said the cause of the fire was accidental.

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