HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A Hillsborough County deputy's family is rebuilding following a fire and crediting their 8-year-old son with helping alert them to it.
It happened September 21 in Plant City.
"I thought I wouldn't make it," said Boston Sarginson.
The boy said he was watching television with his younger sister when he heard a boom and saw smoke everywhere.
"Then I ran out to my dad’s room then I told him the house is on fire and ran out," Boston said.
He ran to his mother, Missy Sarginson, who had just pulled in to the mobile home from visiting her owner mother in the hospital.
"He was like the fear in his face was like very pronounced," Missy said. "So I dropped everything ran out of the truck to the house and my daughter came out just crying and screaming fire fire fire and it was at that moment I realized what was going on."
Missy said her husband, a Hillsborough County deputy, was in his room. She said Boston knocked on the door, but when there was no answer kicked it open to alert him of the fire in his sister's room
"I think that if he had not have been there I do not believe my husband would have gotten out because there was no smoke in the bedroom when he woke up," Missy said.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said the fire on Kelly Road was put out in under 15 minutes and confined to a bedroom dresser area. The cause is under investigation.
Missy believes a malfunctioning power strip was to blame.
"Make sure that your electronics and your power strips that you do not have any power strips plugged in that are not being used," Missy said.
She said that though the fire was confined, the rest of the home is covered in soot and uninhabitable.
Now as they work to clean up, the family is also looking for homes for pets they have rescued.
"We have some goats a pig and a chicken a rooster that are needing some homes," she said.
Meanwhile, Sarginson encourages others to teach their kids fire knowledge.
Boston had his own advice, too.
"Always get your whole family out during a fire," Boston said.