Boy alerts family to house fire in Northeast El Paso, family escapes safely

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 9:44am

An 11-year-old boy in Northeast El Paso is being hailed a hero for alerting his family to a fire in a bedroom of their Northeast El Paso home.

The fire started about 8:00 p.m. Monday in the 4900 block of Maxwell St. near Diana.

Christian Renteria, 11, noticed the smoke and flames before the smoke detector in the home went off and alerted his family.

"I pushed it and then I saw a lot of fire in it, there was a lot of smoke and I told everybody, then I screamed, I told everybody to get out," he said.

The family of five children and five adults were able to escape the home unharmed.

Firefighters arrived and put the fire out within 12 minutes. Battalion Chief Matt Hiett with the El Paso Fire Department said the flames did not spread beyond the one bedroom, but said there is smoke and water damage throughout the home.

The family was unable to stay in the home overnight. The Red Cross stepped in to help the family with a place to stay.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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