Hometown Hero: Christian Bush


ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Seeing a house in your neighborhood go up in flames could be one of the scariest sights imaginable. Many times people stand still in fear, but one 11-year-old boy chose to act.

On New Year's Eve, the Layton family home in St. Albans went up in flames. Now a charred skeleton of a home, the house is a total loss, but it could have been worse.

"There was no one around and she was just screaming, 'Help, my house is on fire' and that's when my reactions kicked in", Christian Bush recalls. "They {the flames} were shooting about 10 feet in the air from the top of the house."

"I saw flames coming out the windows so I rode to my house and got my mom and said the woman's house is on fire down the road", Bush said.

Bush, a sixth-grader, was not fazed when he saw flames ripping through the home. Instead, he kept calm and went to find someone who could help.

Another man driving by pulled down a privacy fence, went into the house and pulled the woman out before it was consumed by fire. After calling for help, Christian diverted traffic so the fire trucks and EMTs had a clear path to the house.

For his quick thinking and bravery, Christian Bush is this week's Hometown Hero.


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