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10-year-old saves lives of elderly residents from kitchen fire


Wayne Freedman | Twitter

Sophia Swinford - published on 11/30/18

His calm, quick action saved 6 lives.

Carlos Matos first noticed the flames coming from the oven at the senior care facility where his mother is the on-site administrator. After the 10-year-old calmly alerted his mother, he called 911.

Before emergency services even arrived, Carlos and his mother had managed to evacuate all six residential patients from the building. “We did what we had to do,” his mother said.

The facility was nearly completely burned to the ground, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Carlos’ family and the local fire department are hailing him as a hero for his steady, decisive action in the face of life-threatening emergency.

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