Kid Stays Up Late Gaming, Saves Family From Burning House

Kid Stays Up Late Gaming, Saves Family From Burning House

If you're still young enough to have someone telling you when to go to bed, remember this story the next time your mother tries to tell you enough's enough for one day.

12-year-old Jaxxyn Wood, from Kentucky, was up at 3:30am playing video games when he "smelled something really bad, like Legos on fire". What he smelled was actually the family's ice-maker on fire, with smoke starting to fill the hallway of his house.

After a quick attempt at putting the fire out himself, Jaxxyn raised the alarm, waking his family so they could evacuate the home. The fire eventually spread from the kitchen to the "dining areas", and there was extensive smoke damage to the rest of the property.

Jaxxyn's actions may have saved their lives, and definitely saved the house, as there were no smoke detectors installed in the home.

Before you go giving video games and poor sleeping habits too much credit, Jaxxyn knew exactly what to do because firefighters had visited his school and told him.

"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."

12-year-old boy saves family from burning home [WKYT, via Game Politics]


    A durr, he's a gamer, ergo he obviously set the fire himself. He was probably playing a firefighting simulator online and decided to become an arsonist because everybody knows gaming turns children into sociopaths.

      I know I just can't control my pyromania since playing Mario Sunshine

      We really are a jaded bunch, this was where my brain immediately went to as well after I read the headline

    No smoke detectors...

      Twelve year old up at 3.30AM playing video games..

      Im not sure about the legislation in the states but it may not be like here where it is mandatory.

      Even if it was legislated to have them there im sure each state would have different laws such is the fragmented way they do things.

        Doesn't matter if their are required by law or not. They will save your families life. You get them anyway.

          Legislation helps though. I agree it makes a lot of sense but sometimes you need to legislate for the sake of people who don't know better.

      Maybe they needed a 'no smoke detector' detector.

    Nah, the Americans would consider mandatory smoke detectors a violation of their precious 'rights'. Some states can't even muster up the legislative gumption to pass mandatory seatbelt laws.

    Wait a second, why does the kid know what burning lego smells like?

    Last edited 31/12/13 2:29 am

      Obviously he set the fire after months of practice using legos, with the aim of getting his 15 minutes of fame......It's the only logical conclusion after all.

      It's really hilarious though. After all you wouldn't think that the one appliance in your house that's going to set it on fire would be an ice-maker.

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