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#1 Hum

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:28

The 12-year-old gamer is being hailed as a hero for saving his family from a fire in their Danville, Kentucky home last week.

Wood was pulling a marathon post-Christmas play session when he began to smell foul-smelling smoke sometime around 3:30 am on Thursday morning,

"I was on this kind of important mission and I smelled something really funky - and I thought it was me - but then it wasn't," he told Kentucky’s WKYT. "I went downstairs and I saw the ... smoke and I was like 'Oh crap! That's pretty much a fire.'"

When he went to investigate further, he found smoke in the hallway and saw that the kitchen's ice machine had caught fire. He made a brief effort to put the fire out, but quickly ran upstairs to wake his sisters and parents to evacuate the home.

The fire eventually spread to the kitchen and dining areas of the house before firefighters were able to contain it. The second and third floors suffered heavy smoke damage.

Nine people were in the house, but Jaxxyn, the youngest of 11 (!) siblings, was the only one awake, enjoying what must be some pretty rare quiet play time. And that, it turns out, might have been the only thing preventing this from becoming a tragedy. The home had no working smoke detectors, according to investigators.

Jaxxyn credits school for his quick thinking.

"A fireman came to our school and he said if there's ever a fire there's most likely gonna be smoke in the air,” he said. “So you want to duck down and ... get everyone you can and get out."

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#2 Haaa-Choo

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:42

moral of the story : game past 3.30 am in the morning to stop a fire. Aces



#3 NightScreams

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:48

At least he didn't just drop a medpack near the others and take off.



#4 Haaa-Choo

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:52

At least he didn't just drop a medpack near the others and take off.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:54

Did he save the Game machine ... ?



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 21:56

^ Sadly, no. I hear reports that there wasn't enough space in his inventory.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:00

Good job it wasn't Final Fantasy or everyone would have died whilst searching for a save point.



#8 Buttus

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:03

kind of ironic that an ice machine started the fire....



#9 metallithrax

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:16

Bad parenting for the win! :D



#10 sialivi

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:42

He rescued his siblings by bouncing them on gurneys...

 

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 22:46

At least he didn't just drop a medpack near the others and take off.


Best comment I've seen on this website in awhile. Good job

#12 HawkMan

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 00:45

So.... Where was the smoke alarm in all of this?

And I didn't know gamer was now a title :)

#13 Enron

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 00:51

He rescued his siblings by bouncing them on gurneys...

 

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I played a game like that a lot on PC.

 

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#14 protocol7

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 01:14

Had to laugh at this:

 

"I was on this kind of important mission and I smelled something really funky - and I thought it was me - but then it wasn't," he told Kentucky’s WKYT.



#15 Torolol

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 07:25

Jaxxyn credits school for his quick thinking.

that must a rare, good school for today standard.



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