Boy, 7, alerts neighbors to Shawnee house fire - KCTV5

Boy, 7, alerts neighbors to Shawnee house fire

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7-year-old Daryn Duncan (left) spotted a neighbor's house on fire and quickly let his family know. 7-year-old Daryn Duncan (left) spotted a neighbor's house on fire and quickly let his family know.
The neighbor's house suffered an estimated $1,500 in damage, but fire crews said it could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for Daryn's quick actions. . The neighbor's house suffered an estimated $1,500 in damage, but fire crews said it could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for Daryn's quick actions. .
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

A Shawnee family is thanking a 7-year-old boy for alerting them their house was on fire.

Firefighters say the damage could had been much worse.

Looking at the house after the fore on West 49th Terrace, no one would never guess it caught fire Saturday, just before midnight.

But it only looks untouched, because 7-year-old Daryn Duncan stepped in before the flames got out of control.

"My son came inside and he's like, 'mom, there's a fire on the house,' and I said, 'honey, you don't want to say stuff like that.' He's like, 'no mom, there's a fire on the house,'" Daryn's mother, Brandi Young, said.

"I told my mom, and she thought I was playing, but she got outside and she called the police," Daryn said.

Young and her uncle ran to the sleeping neighbors, who didn't know the fire had started.

"Pounded on the door and there's smoke everywhere and so we got them out," Young said.

Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands said Daryn's quick thinking made all the difference in saving the family and preventing any serious damage at the home.

"The quicker we can get out here to put a fire out, the better it is for everybody. So they really were a hero tonight," Sands said.

"Basically the worst damage, was to this cement board backing," said homeowner Chris Knopf, holding up some singed boards in the back of his pickup truck.

Knopf knows if it had burned any longer, the ending could have been so much worse.

"(It was) $25 damage, but it could have been 100 times, 1,000 times that," Knopf said.

The family is adding on to their home and recently put in a wood-burning stove. Firefighters say that's where the fire started.

"Once it popped out through the plywood, the kids could see it and they just happened to be there right at the right time," Knopf said.

Knopf had it under control before it spread and firefighters followed up, clearing the family to come back in the same night. The home doesn't even have smoke damage to worry about.

"Feeling very lucky," Knopf said.

The family has three kids of their own, one near Daryn's age.

"I would like to say thank you for alerting that there was a fire," said Knopf's step-son, 8-year-old Ben Coleman.

"Thank you very much.  You saved our house.  You might have saved our lives," Knopf added.

One person in the home had to be checked out by paramedics at the scene, but they family says she's doing just fine.

The young hero doesn't actually live in the neighborhood, he was visiting relatives, so the family says they're hoping to meet him soon, give him a hug and thank him in person.

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