7-year-old boy wakes up dad, pair escapes Southern California house fire

Authorities in Orange County say a 7-year-old boy didn’t hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire.

The Orange County Register says  the boy was getting ready for bed Saturday night when he smelled smoke and saw that the garage of his Costa Mesa home was engulfed in flames.

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In this Saturday, May 21, 2016 photo, 7-year-old William Rimmer talks with Costa Mesa, Calif., Fire Department Capt. Chris Coates after the boy and his father escaped a fire that threatened their Cost Mesa home Saturday evening. Authorities say the boy didn't hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire. The fire was confined to the home's garage.(AP Photo/Richard Koehler)Expand / Contract

In this Saturday, May 21, 2016 photo, 7-year-old William Rimmer talks with Costa Mesa, Calif., Fire Department Capt. Chris Coates after the boy and his father escaped a fire that threatened their Cost Mesa home Saturday evening. Authorities say the boy didn’t hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire. The fire was confined to the home’s garage.(AP Photo/Richard Koehler)

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Fire Capt. Chris Coates says the boy ran to wake his father, who had fallen asleep watching television. The two ran out of the house as the fire spread from the garage to a motorhome in the driveway and to a neighbor’s storage shed.

Firefighters stopped the flames before they spread to the main living area of the house. The cause is under investigation.



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