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Wilson County teens share story of survival after fire engulfs home

Posted: Updated: June 12, 2013 10:56 PM

A Wilson County teen and his best friend did not think they would survive after being trapped in a home engulfed in flames.

One managed to escape out the front door, the other jumped from a second story window.

"The moment I got out of the hospital it felt great," said Mason Dimitroff.

That is a sentiment shared by these two best friends who are being celebrated by their loved ones after facing a near death experience together.

"I was pretty sure I was going to die," said Cade Crosslin.

On June 3, Crossin and Dimitroff, both17-years-old, were at Cade's house on the 5600 block of Scenic Ridge Drive in Old Hickory when it went up in flames.

"About 1:30 in the morning, I heard my dog going crazy. I thought someone broke in so I went to the steps and checked it out. Next thing you know I hear my mom screaming," said Crosslin.

Cade returned to his room, woke up Mason and informed him about the blaze.

The two tried to rush down a flight of stairs, but the smoke proved to be too much for Cade who suffers with asthma.

He returned to his bedroom while Mason managed to fight through the thick black smoke and eventually escaped through the front door.

"I remember hearing his mom's voice yelling for us so that's how I got out I guess," said Mason.

Cade, trapped in his bedroom on the second floor, eventually found a way out.

"I was trying to break my window but it wasn't breaking because I was too weak and then I just opened it up and fell out and landed on my back," said Crosslin.

The two were rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center in critical condition after suffering from smoke inhalation.

They were both hooked up on ventilators all while surrounded by loved ones.

After nearly two weeks, the best friends were able to walk out the hospital.

"I don't know what it feels like to lose a child, but I never want to lose one," said Tamara Dimitroff.

Cade and Mason will be spending the summer volunteering at Vanderbilt Medical Center counseling children who are burn survivors.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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