Teen gets family and pets out of home after spotting fire

Published: Dec. 15, 2017 at 9:41 PM EST
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A teenager is being praised for his brave heroics Friday morning after spotting a fire.

About 9:30 a.m. Matthew Hunt and his mother were traveling on state Route 2565 when they saw a fire on Greenlawn Cemetery Road in Louisa.

A garage was fully engulfed, and flames were spreading across the yard, inching closer to Cindy Shepherd's house.

"He doesn't know me, Shepherd said. "He saw the smoke from down there on the highway, and he came up and he saved my family and my home."

"I had so much adrenaline running through me," Hunt said.

Hunt, who's a junior at Lawrence County High School, ran up the driveway and started pounding on the front door.

"My daughter, her boyfriend, my son and his girlfriend were in the upstairs rooms," Shepherd said.

Shepherd says she and the others inside were unaware of the danger approaching.

"He ran through my upstairs and woke everybody up," Shepherd said.

Hunt and his mom then helped carry the family's cats and dogs outside to safety.

Hunt even got a hose and starting spraying until fire crews arrived.

"I'm just thankful I got them out of there," Hunt said.

The family is enormously grateful the young man didn't hesitate to take action.

"God dropped those angels on my front porch this morning," Shepherd said. "That little boy saved my family."

Hunt was on his way to take his learner's permit test Friday morning when he and his mom spotted the fire.