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Fire chief calls boy hero, says two could have been trapped

HUDSON, N.H. — A 7-year-old Hudson boy is being called a hero after saving his grandmother from a fire Friday morning.

Fire officials said the boy saw smoke in the house at 13 Mobile Drive and woke his grandmother up. The fire tore through the mobile home, which is considered a total loss.

“There were flames just shooting out everywhere. A lot of smoke,” said neighbor Carol Montminy. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You can’t believe it. You’re in shock.”

The home caught fire just before 7 a.m. More than a dozen firefighters fought the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

“It was within minutes of being a fatal fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief John O’Brien.

O’Brien said the boy woke up his grandmother in just enough time to let them escape safely.

“He awoke, saw the trailer filling with smoke and saw the fire in the trailer and woke his grandmother, and they were just barely able to escape,” O’Brien said.

The family dog was unable to make it out and died in the fire. O’Brien said the boy and his grandmother were the only people inside the home at the time.

Investigators said there were no smoke detectors in the home.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of fire detectors,” O’Brien said.

The boy and his grandmother were checked out at a hospital as a precaution but were both OK.