INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The bond the two sisters Ni-Kia and De-Arica have is one that you can't describe, you just have to see it.
Early in the morning December 27, the two were home alone at their house in Independence when it caught fire. Ni-kia, 15 and the older of the two, called 911.
"I didn't know what to say because I was just coughing. I was like, ‘I can't breathe, I can't breathe, help!'" she said.
With no way out, the two made a life-saving decision to lay low in a back room.
"It was just black everywhere. I couldn't see nothing (sic), Ni-Kia said.
Ni-Kia used her own body as shield for her little sister.
"I just covered her up," she said.
Unconscious and in critical condition from smoke inhalation, the two were rescued by the Kansas City Fire Department and didn't wake up until they were at Children's Mercy Hospital.
"All I know is that when I woke up, I just asked for my sister. I didn't care for nothing else," Ni-Kia said.
The memory is still almost too much, but most of all, they are so thankful to the fire fighters.
"You all saved my life," Ni-Kia said. "Thank you."