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Uncle catches boys as home burns. But his niece was too scared to jump

(CNN)This super-uncle ran straight into a burning building to save his 8-year-old niece when a fire broke out at their home.Derrick Byrd, 20, says he has fourth-, third- and second-degree burns but does not regret any of the steps he took to save his niece."I don't care if I was burning," Byrd said. "I just wanted to make sure I got her out."His face, neck, arms and back are covered in gauze as he recovers in a specialized care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.When the fire started early Thursday at the home in Aberdeen, Washington, Byrd's sister and her three children were trapped in a second-floor room.Byrd ran through the flames to get outside so he could catch his niece and two nephews as they jumped from the windows. The t ...