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Jul 13, 2015 4:48 PM

13-year-old boy saves family from Nottingham house fire


NOTTINGHAM - A teenage boy is being credited with saving the lives of his mom and dad while flames consumed their Revolutionary Lane home on Sunday morning.

James Flanagen, 13, awoke to see flames and a 'bright orange color' outside his bedroom window around 4:30 a.m.

He immediately ran into his parents' room, where he woke them up and rushed them to safety outside.

"He’s a hero," said Jim Flanagen, who was back to pick up the pieces at the now-destroyed home Monday morning.

Flanagen said it all happened so fast.

A car collector, he was able to get vehicles worth tens of thousands of dollars out of his garage.

Not much else - including his clothing, wallet, identifications, credit cards and phones - escaped the blaze, though.

The cause of the fire, which Flanagen suspects was caused by a wiring issue on his front porch, is still under investigation.

"By the time we came down stairs to see what it was, the front of the house was on fire," he said. "We ran out the back door, and down the driveway.”

Flanagen has lived at the home with his wife and son for 10 years.

“It was gone," said Sharon Gaffney, who stopped by shortly after she woke up and heard the news. "There was nothing left. Unbelievable.”

Gaffney is just one of dozens of neighbors who have stepped up to help, both emotionally and financially, according to Flanegan.

"The way the town - especially the people here in this neighborhood - are helping us and reaching out, it’s impressive, and I want to thank everybody," Flanegan said.

While damage to the home will likely be covered under insurance, it will take time before all of the funds are received.

A GoFundMe page has been setup to assist the Flanegan's while they try to rebuild.

As of Monday afternoon, it had raised more than $5,000.


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