Heroic 6-year-old saves family from Belmont house fire

Officials: 6-year-old saves family,fire destroys home in Belmont

BELMONT, N.C. — A 6-year-old boy jumped into action when a massive fire broke out at his Belmont home Thursday.

The brave first-grader, whose name is Carter, told Channel 9 how he helped get his family out of the burning home safely.

“I hate that beeping noise. It’s so high pitched,” Carter said.

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The blare of a smoke detector alerted the first-grader that something was wrong.

Carter said he saw flames on the front porch on Clay Street and warned his grandmother. Carter’s mother was also inside the home.

“My mom was in the shower, then she had to quickly get her clothes on,” Carter said.

The family made it out safely with their dog but Carter was worried about other pets inside.

“We went out to get the dog but I don’t think my cats are still alive,” Carter said.

Even though firefighters worked fast they believe the house is likely destroyed.

“We got the fire out with 30 firefighters in about 15 minutes,” Capt. Jarad McCam of the Belmont Fire Department said.

No injuries were reported and investigators determined that a cigarette caused the fire.

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