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9-Year-Old Alerts Residents Of Apartment Fire

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LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. – A 9-year-old boy has been called a hero after alerting residents about an apartment fire in Lawrence County.

Investigators with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department said the fire broke out just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Oak Grove Apartments on Oak Street in Lawrenceburg, about 90 miles south of Nashville.

"I heard a boy screaming," said Brian Wright, who lives at the Oak Grove Apartments. "We all ran out down the stairs.  I saw a couch on fire, and a woman had fire on her shirt.  I grabbed her, and got her out to safety."

Firefighters said the 9-year-old boy was staying with an elderly resident at the apartment complex.  When they arrived on the scene they found flames shooting up from the second floor of the apartment complex. Officials said three children had to be rescued from the building. Two of the children were dropped down to officers from a second story balcony. Two other tenants were also rescued by firefighters from an upstairs bedroom.

Part of the dramatic rescue was caught on a fireman's camera.

"They were faced with a lot of challenges, a lot of stress, and a lot of decisions to be made," said Chief Jay Moore at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. "I got to commend them and congratulate on a job well done."

Investigators said an elderly woman was transported to an area hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

One other person was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported. The identities of the victims were not released. 

The building remains empty and boarded up.  Crews at the apartment complex said it is unknown at this time how long it will take to clean up the extensive fire and water damage.

Fire investigators say a lit cigarette started the fire.  One of the apartment's residents said she fell asleep while smoking.

The American Red Cross is assisting all of the displaced families.

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