A 12-year-old boy was credited with helping get his family out of their burning mobile home early today in the Summit area of Pierce County.
The boy was asleep in his bedroom early today when he woke up to the smell of smoke. A fire had started in his bedroom, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Stephanie Glass said.
The boy awoke the other three adult occupants of the mobile home and all got out safely. Two had to escape through a bedroom window.
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews were called to the home in the 9400 block of Canyon Road just after 12:30 a.m., according to a news release. As they arrived, firefighters spotted heavy smoke coming from the trailer. There were flames showing around the front door and windows.
Fire crews attacked the fire. They went inside the mobile home but had to withdraw. They were eventually able to douse the flames.
The family dog’s got out OK but their turtle and bird died in the fire, Glass said. No other injuries were reported.
The battle closed part of Canyon Road for about three hours.
Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in one of the bedrooms. The mobile home was a complete loss, the press release stated.
The American Red Cross was notified to help the family.