The child then ran next door to get help from his uncle, the outlet reported. Together, they helped alert the rest of Woods’ family and rescued them from the fire.
According to the Bartow County Fire Department, Noah and four other members of his family were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. In all, he is credited for saving the other seven members in his family.
Noah will be recognized for his bravery on Friday, when he will be made an honorary Bartow County firefighter and presented with a lifesaving award, officials said.
“We’ve seen children alert their families before,” Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison told CNN. “But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this … that’s pretty extraordinary.”
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Noah’s grandfather David Woods wrote on a GoFundMe page that the fire was started by electrical equipment in the children’s bedroom.
The family is now hoping to raise funds to cover the loss of their property.
“We praise God that we all are safe. Unfortunately, our home was a total loss. Due to a recent lapse in our home insurance, this has made a difficult situation a little worse,” the grandfather wrote on a GoFundMe campaign. “We are planning to rebuild and will likely need to stay in a motel for some time and likely rent a small house while we work to earn funding and build.”
So far, Noah’s family has raised $6,965 out of their $75,000 goal.