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Man With Disability Alerts Caregivers About Fire; Family Makes It Out Safely

Reported: Feb. 19, 2014 10:57 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST
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JEFFERSON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek, Bob Frank) – Members of a Kanawha County family are counting their blessings Wednesday after making it out of their home safely when it caught fire.

Lynn Hughes, her son Jason, who has a disability, and her mother live in the home along Chestnut Street in Jefferson. About 8 a.m. Wednesday, the house started to fill with smoke after an electrical panel caught fire.

Jason smelled the smoke and started making a lot of noise, hoping his caretakers would hear, wake up and get out of the house. His persistence paid off.

“If he hadn't been really persistent after I fell asleep, I'd have probably laid there,” his mother said. When asked if Jason is her hero, she responded, “He's my hero today, yes.”

And even more good news -- the home only sustained minor damage in the fire.



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