Noah Woods woke up to find his bedroom aflame, but the 5-year-old kept his cool.
Many kids his age would have hidden under the bed. But not Noah. He grabbed his sister and plunged out their first-floor bedroom window, then grabbed the dog.
After that, he ran and woke his uncle, who helped him alert and evacuate the remaining seven members of the family, the Bartow County Fire Department said in a statement.
The Sunday morning fire destroyed the family’s home.
Noah downplayed his achievement. “I picked Lily up, got to the window with Lily, got the dog and got out,” Noah told WSB-TV of Atlanta. “That’s it.”
But that isn’t exactly it. Bartow County Fire Chief Dwayne Jamison plans to award him on Friday by making him an Honorary Bartow County Firefighter. He’ll also present the first-grader with a Lifesaving Award, normally given only to professional rescuers. At the ceremony, Jamison will also read a commendation letter from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, CNN reported.
“Our hero!” the fire department captioned its writeup of Noah on Facebook.
Some family members, including Noah, were treated for “minor burns and smoke inhalation,” the fire department said. “Noah is credited for saving himself and seven other family members.”
Jamison told CNN the fire started in an overloaded electrical outlet in the bedroom that Noah shares with his little sister.
“We’ve seen children alert their families before,” he told CNN. “But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this … that’s pretty extraordinary.”
The family has lost just about everything, and the community is rallying with fund-raising efforts and collecting donations.
At the same time, the Woodses are thankful for their narrow escape.
“If it wasn’t for Noah, I mean, we were all asleep, so we wouldn’t have known what was going on,” David Wood, Noah’s grandfather, told WSB-TV. “We could’ve all lost our lives.”
— Wendy Corona (@WendyCoronaWSB) February 10, 2020
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