Wednesday, March 03, 1999

Boy, 9, hero of blaze


Light sleeper saves his family

BY MICHAEL D. CLARK
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKLIN — Anthony Fitzpatrick is a light sleeper — and his family is alive today because of it.

        Around 4 a.m. Monday, the 9-year-old was asleep in bed with his mother and his sister when he was awakened by the growing warmth in their single-story home on Forrest Avenue.

        The heat was coming from a fire in a nearby bedroom. The boy alerted his family, who scrambled to safety before the flames destroyed their home.

        Anthony's mother, Teresa Napier, described him as “a light sleeper.”

        “Thank God he woke us up. We could see the smoke in the living room,” Ms. Napier said. No one else was in the home.

        Franklin Firefighter Mike Perry said the boy is “definitely a hero.” He and other firefighters battled the fire, which caused more than $40,000 in damage.

        “There is no doubt they all would have burned if he hadn't awakened,” Firefighter Perry said.

        The cause of the fire remained undetermined, and Franklin fire officials still were investigating the blaze.

        Red Cross officials found housing for the family and is providing other assistance. Ms. Napier said the family had no house insurance.

       



Strong-mayor plan is recipe for progress
Strong-mayor plan lacks one vote
Alcohol-suspected car crashes on increase
ENQUIRER EDITORIAL
Net mate just wanted porn, prosecutors say
Big N.Ky. trafficker arrested, police say
Flood of money flows to Falmouth
Mother mislaid to rest
Stadium sewer work a waste
Bengals stadium 20% done
Easing life without limbs
Torched shop leads to suit
Who will filmmakers cast as Springer?
12th St. cooperation rejected
Attorney general gives school funding case to ex-aide
Bunning to propose investing S.S. taxes
Calendar quirk a bonus for state workers
Judge increases teacher's bond
Lawsuit over swimsuit ban doesn't hold water at Miami
Warren thrives on tourism
Boehner presses on with cellphone suit
- Boy, 9, hero of blaze
Death hampers fake-ID inquiry
Deerfield Township hopes map sharpens identity
Demolition battle moves out of court
Firefighter pretended to be cop
Glitch opens cell doors
Honors, not titles, for top students
Mall's roof to come down
Tower awaits details of new Reds ballpark
TRISTATE DIGEST