The Kendallville fire chief is hailing a 15-year-old boy as a hero after he saved a 5-year-old neighbor from a burning mobile home Monday.
This is a story where you have a young person who went above and beyond without thinking about their own safety to save another human, Chief Mike Riehm said.
On Monday night, the 5-year-old boy and his mother were in her bedroom when she went into the living room to clean. Thinking she smelled smoke, she went to check on the boy, who had apparently closed and locked the bedroom door, Riehm said.
Not able to reach her son, the mother ran to the 15-year-olds home to get help and call 911. The teen rushed to the burning home, broke a window to the mothers bedroom and pulled the boy to safety, Riehm said.
The teen injured his hand during the rescue, and his mother took him to a hospital to be treated.
The 5-year-old was not hurt.
The fire was reported at 9:58 p.m., and four minutes later, firefighters arrived at the home at 1818 Oak Tree Road in the Maple Grove mobile home park, the chief said.
The flames were under control at 10:08 p.m. Riehm described the fire damage as minor, saying it was limited to one wall of the bedroom. The cause is under investigation, he said.
Riehm declined to release the names of the teen and the boy because he had not received permission from their parents. Still, he wanted the teen to be recognized for his feat.
This young man stepped up to the plate big time, he said. Its heartwarming that our youth are caring and do that for others.