While family members sifted through the damage Wednesday morning, they called Alexandria Anderson a hero. If not for her, they fear 8 year old Nathaniel Gutierrez-Anderson wouldn't have made it out of the home. "He was in the bathroom. It was smoke filled and with flames," said family member Mindy Bettencourt.
The boy's mother was burned after family members say she got the boy out of the bathroom. "She told her son to run. He got out. She crawled the rest of the way out. She didn't know if she was going to make it, but she did. She's a hero. She saved her son," said Bettencourt.
Fresno's Deputy Fire Marshall also called the mother's actions heroic. "The proximity to the bathroom to where the fire started, if someone wouldn't have been there as quickly as the mother was, we'd had a whole other story here," said Don MacAlpine.
Fire investigators said the home had no working smoke detectors. They have ruled the fire an accident and are now working to educate all of the children involved about fire safety. In the meantime, family members are having to depend on others for assistance. With no renters insurance, the family is left with little.
An account has been set up at Bank of America to help the Anderson family. The account number is 0633571231.NEWS BY LOCATION | ABC30 BLOGS | DISCUSSION FORUMS
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