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Sep 18, 2013 1:53 PM by NBC News

5-year-old boy rushes family out of burning home, calls 911

(WLWT) A 5-year-old boy is being credited with saving a family from a four-alarm fire in Newport, Kentucky.

Homeowner Richard Deaton wasn't there when the fire broke out, but his 84-year-old mother was, with his future daughter-in-law and his 5-year-old grandson.

He said he owes the safety of all three to the youngest among them.

"My grandson was there, he noticed something wet on the wall or by the front door and he told his mother and they got the dogs and started yelling and said go down and get grandma out," said Deaton.

Ninety-thousand dollars in damage later, the flames were out.

Deaton said he's owned the home for more than three decades and has spent his life collecting antiques.

"We'd hoped to rebuild you know and pull the pieces together and hope the memories are all still in the house," he said.

The blessing here, the people who made those memories are still alive to make more, thanks to a brave 5-year-old.

"It's a sad thing that's happened, but the house is replaceable but lives can't be," Deaton said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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