Teen lauded for saving family from Raytown house fire - KCTV5

Teen lauded for saving family from Raytown house fire

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Eight people are safe after a teenager helped them escape an overnight house fire.

The family says their 15-year-old son, Dayvion Cook, woke everyone up in time to get out of the house safely.

"All the people I love was in that house," Dayvion said.

Everyone inside the home in the 8700 block of East 79th Street, just east of Blue Ridge Boulevard, were sleeping except for Dayvion.

His mother, Jeanette Price, says her son knew something wasn't right when the family heard a popping sound earlier in the night.

"We first heard a popping in the garage. We all thought it was nothing. My son kind of worried about it. He stayed up and noticed a red spot in the wall. He woke everybody up and got everyone out of the house. When we woke up, the whole wall was red," Price said.

The family says the fire started about 1:15 a.m. Monday inside one of the walls in the garage and spread to the attic causing a hole in the roof.

Firefighters got the fire under control quickly and minimized the damage to the house.

The fire also damaged Dayvion's bedroom.

"My room, it ain't nothing to me. It is just material things that can be replaced. I'm glad all my family is OK," Dayvion said.

The Red Cross is helping the family, who say they feel very thankful no one was injured.

"First of all, I just thank God that everyone got out safely. It could have been worse. My son saved us. It could have been worse. It could have been worse," Price said.

The family says they had working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Price said they changed the batteries in September, but none of the alarms sounded.

Friends of the family have set up a fund at Community America Credit Union locations. You can make a donation to the fund called "Blessings for Jeanette Price" by dropping it off or calling 913-905-7000.

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