Wednesday, March 03, 1999

Boy, 9, hero of blaze

Light sleeper saves his family

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.


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