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5-year old helps save family from house fire

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – A South Georgia child helped save his family from a fire.

A 5-year old noticed the fire in a Bainbridge home Monday night and warned his parents.

The fire started around 8 P-M and destroyed the home. But thanks to the little boy, he and his parents got out safely.

When firefighters arrived the house on Palmetto Street was engulfed in flames.

"They had to stay out there to do something on the porch and then they came by every hour to shine a light and make sure the fire hadn't started again," says Destiny Smiley, a neighbor.

The Decatur County Red Cross is assisting the family with shelter and clothing.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

[UPDATE]

We now know the cause of a fire that destroyed a Bainbridge home Monday night. 

Investigators tell us the five year old who warned his parents about a fire in his bedroom was actually the one who started it.

The little boy told firefighters he wanted to see 4th of July fireworks, so he lit matches in his room.

One of the matches accidentally caught the bed on fire. The boy and his parents made it out of the house safely, but it took less than an hour for the blaze to completely engulf the home.

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