He said he took action and rushed back inside.
"I just walked right through it (the fire), took off my shirt and put it around her face,” Byrd said. "I picked her up, grabbed her and just ran as fast as I could through the flames."
After Byrd got his niece out of the home, he waited for the ambulance to arrive.
"I walked right through them (flames), I felt my skin sizzling, I just didn't care. Honestly, the adrenaline took over," he said.
Byrd had burns on his arm, face and back.
He said he ran to his mother’s home in Hoquiam, which was about 10 blocks away, and asked her to take him to a hospital.
He was later taken to Harborview Medical Center.
"I am healing. I am grateful that I'm alive still,” Byrd said. "But I would do it again even if I did die. My nieces and nephews are my everything."
Byrd was released July 8 from Harborview Medical Center.
"I wouldn't consider myself a hero. I would consider myself someone who just cares about their family,” he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.