Heroic child to receive praise for warning family about a fire in his home – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Tampa Fire Chief Barbara Tripp and HCPS Inspector Addison Davis will recognize Jonathan Sanchez, 7, with the Fire Chief’s praise for his heroic actions.

Shortly after midnight on January 30, 2022, Jonathan awoke to the sound of his young twin brothers coughing in the room next to his. Out of concern for his brothers, he got out of bed and knew immediately that something was wrong.

Jonathan could see and smell smoke. He looked into the living room and saw an increasing amount of smoke filling the house. Jonathan recognized the seriousness of the situation and set off running to wake his parents.

With his mom and dad awake, and the smoke detectors only just then starting to sound, Jonathan helped get his family out of the house. His father called 911 to report the fire and tried to return inside to retrieve a few important items, but the fire and smoke had grown too fast.

Tampa Fire Rescue crews said that because the fire started in the crawl space under the fireplace, and the strong wind that day, the fire was able to intensify while the activation of the smoke detectors was delayed. This resulted in a dangerous combination of circumstances. It was only when the fire was large enough to break the wall and floor that the house quickly began to fill with smoke.
“The Sanchez family was able to get to safety just in time,” said Chief Barbara Tripp. “If Jonathan had not heard his brothers cough and did not hesitate to act, this night might have gone very differently. We commend Jonathan for his courageous action in the face of danger.”

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