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Hum    6,930

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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Knife Party    630

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

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NightScreams    97

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

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Knife Party    630

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

lol

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Hum    6,930

Did he save the Game machine ... ?

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Phouchg    2,050

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

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Aergan    621

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

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Buttus    918

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

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metallithrax    491

Bad parenting for the win! :D

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sialivi    11

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

 

GameWatch_Fire--article_image.jpg

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Sikh    192

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

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HawkMan    5,164

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

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

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123456789A    4,709

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

 

GameWatch_Fire--article_image.jpg

 

I played a game like that a lot on PC.

 

babies.jpg

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protocol7    440

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.

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Torolol    926

Jaxxyn credits school for his quick thinking.

that must a rare, good school for today standard.

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Advanced AI of Earth    174

Definitely the most challenging achievement of all time and he done it. Xbox One secret achievement unlock.  :woot:

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SharpGreen    219

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

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

Article says there was none.

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SkyyPunk    38

Sounds like someone is going to get an extra game soon :D I can never trust an ice machine again, though

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n_K    1,664

Article says there was none.

What an outstanding family, can't be bothered to spend what, a few dollars on a life-saving device especially when they have kids...

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NightScreams    97

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

 

*picked up game system, was over encumbered*

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Brendeth    178

Great work and fast thinking by the kid, maybe his parents won't hassle him for playing games ever again. As for the lack of smoke alarms, is it not an enforced thing to have them in the States?

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Hum    6,930

^ Article says there were no working alarms.

 

They probably ignored the dying beeps, when the batteries wore out.

 

Video games drowned out the battery alarms.

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psionicinversion    180

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

 

I lol'ed at that, "here's ya medpack!!"

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Tha Bloo Monkee    591

Over 9000 experience points gained!

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Brendeth    178

^ Article says there were no working alarms.

 

They probably ignored the dying beeps, when the batteries wore out.

 

Video games drowned out the battery alarms.

Ah thanks for pointing that out, but to still not have any working alarms in the place seems so crazy, they must have changed all  the batteries at the same time, or maybe the kid needed a longer gaming session with his Xbox controller? :P

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