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DETROIT – A father did not think twice about running into a burning home to rescue his twin infant daughters from the basement.

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Ray Lucas and his girlfriend had walked to the gas station and when they returned 15 minutes later their home was aflame, WJBK reported.

“The house was engulfed in smoke, I saw my mom and my niece were standing at the door and they were frantic,” Lucas said.

His 18-month old daughters, Milan and Malaysia, were asleep in the basement.

“I just knew I had to get my babies out,” he said. “That’s what went through my mind.”

He ran into the burning home.

“You really couldn’t see your hand in front of your face – I really only found my babies due to my memory, just knowing where they were and knowing how to get to them – just from having that same route,” Lucas said.

Both girls were taken to an intensive care unit. Malaysia was treated for severe burns. Milan suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

Lucas was severely injured and cannot return to work. He was treated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

“I was temporarily blind for three days and they said it was a miracle I could see,” he said. “I’ve got burns on my arms, but for the most part, everyone is still here.”

The family lost everything in the fire. A crowdsourced funding account was set up to help them recover.