A 30-year-old developmentally disabled man saved his mother from a fire in Grand Mound early Friday morning, a West Thurston Fire Authority spokeswoman told The Chronicle of Centralia.
Lt. Lanette Dyer said the man awoke shortly after 3 a.m. and noticed the smell of smoke wafting through the doublewide mobile home, which is in the 7400 block of 187th Avenue Southwest. Also according to Dyer:
The man could barely see through the smoke but managed to find his way across the home to awaken his mother and get the family’s dog.
The two were able to escape before flames destroyed the doublewide.
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“He saved their lives, there’s no doubt,” Dyer said. “This is an extraordinary young man.”
The man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and since has been released.
The home does not appear to have had any fire or smoke detectors.
First responders arrived to find the house engulfed in heavy smoke and flames.
The American Red Cross has been contacted to provide aid for the mother and son, who are staying with a relative.
Dyer said the man’s father is a long-haul trucker and has not been notified of the fire.
The cause of the fire has not been determined; Dyer said its origins are not thought to be suspicious.
People can make donations to victims of residential fires via the fire authority’s Web site, www.westthurstonfire.org.