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Young Hero Braves Flames



(NBC)  Several families lost almost everything after flames ripped through an apartment complex in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, but police and firefighters responded quickly and everyone got out safely - all thanks, neighbors say, to an 8-year old boy.

Johnathan Bent has always loved watching movies where the hero saves the day. But the 8-year-old never dreamed he'd star in his own real-life drama where he played the hero.

The third-grader was sleeping at an elderly neighbor's home to keep an eye on her, as he'd often done, when her screams woke him up about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"She said, 'Johnathan, Johnathan!' and said she dropped her cigarette," he said. "I seen fire, flames everywhere."

The woman had dropped her cigarette near her oxygen tube, sparking a fire.


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