Boy saves 2 people from house fire

POSTED: 11:46 AM MDT Sep 30, 2012    UPDATED: 11:58 AM MDT Sep 30, 2012 

Authorities praised a 14-year-old boy for saving his mother and another resident from a house fire in Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported firefighters were called to the fire at about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Chief Mel Stewart said the boy was awakened by a smoke alarm and found flames in a hallway in the basement apartment. The teen's mother was asleep in her room, but the fire made it impossible for him to get directly to her.

Stewart said the boy went outside, banged on the bedroom window to wake up his mother and then helped her out through the window.

The tenant upstairs also was alerted and got out of the house, which suffered moderate damage.

Stewart said he gives the boy "a lot of credit."