Georgia 7-year-old’s quick thinking saves parents, 7-month-old brother from house fire

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — A north Georgia fire department honored a 7-year-old whose quick thinking saved his family from a house fire.

The White County Fire Department awarded Keegan Sinclair with a certificate during a special ceremony Wednesday.

“Keegan, you were the hero of the night,” Director of Public Safety David L. Murphy, Jr. said. “We have these men and women that work every day running into burning buildings, answer the 911 calls. .. you’re part now of all these heroes.”

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On Friday morning, Keegan went to his parents’ bedroom after he woke up and noticed his fan and nightlight weren’t working.

Savannah Sinclair told Channel 2 that she thought at first that the power in his room went out and told her son to head back to bed. Moments later, he came back to alert them about a fire.

“He went back in there, ‘Mommy, Daddy, I smell smoke. You need to wake up.’” she said.


Keegan’s father Kevin Sinclair said it was hard to tell where the fire was coming from. He ran outside and found the source.

“His bedroom was right on the other side of the wall from the fire,” he told Channel 2.

By the time he got back out with a fire extinguisher, Kevin Sinclair said the fire had doubled in size. He is thankful that his son knew what to do.

Because of his actions, Keegan, his parents and 7-month-old brother have has something extra to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

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