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12-year-old saves siblings from Johnson Homes fire

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12-year-old saves siblings from Johnson Homes fire

A 12-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after saving his siblings from a fire that destroyed this apartment at Johnson Homes on Thursday night.

A Dothan 12-year-old is being hailed a hero after saving his siblings from a fire at a Johnson Homes apartment Thursday night.

Dothan 9-1-1 received a structure fire report at approximately 10:49 p.m. Officers quickly arrived on scene and reported flames and visible smoke from the apartment in the 100 block of Unaka Court.

Units from the Dothan Fire Department arrived on scene to find heavy flames and smoke issuing from the structure.

“Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack on the fire while searching the residence for occupants,” Deputy Fire Chief Chris Etheredge said in a press release. “It was determined everyone had exited the structure, several with injuries.”

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One of the occupants, a 12-year-old boy, re-entered the home several times to evacuate his siblings prior to the fire department’s arrival.

Fire Chief Larry Williams praised his efforts while visiting with him at a local hospital.

“The actions of this young hero saved the lives of his family last night,” Williams said.

Paramedics from Dothan Fire and Pilcher’s Ambulance Service treated and transported three of the seven occupants who were all juveniles to a local hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation. A fourth juvenile was transported to the hospital by a family member for evaluation. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes with no further injuries to civilians or responders.

The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by the Dothan Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division.

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