NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -
A 9-year-old boy is being praised for calling 911 from inside his burning New Bedford home on Saturday.
Firefighters were able to rescue a 21-year-old male from the second floor who had second and third-degree burns covering more than 50 percent of his body. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. His condition is unknown.
A woman was also found unconscious on the second-floor landing. She was removed by police before fire officials arrived and was transported to the hospital.
Authorities say the boy called 911 at about 4:30 a.m. to report the fire at the two-story single family cottage on Dartmouth St. Police and firefighters found the smoke visible on the first and second floor.
The boy wasn't injured. "He had gotten out it appears prior to the fire condition worsening," said Fire Chief Michael Gomes.
No one else was injured in the blaze and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
Neighbors said the family had lived in the house for over a decade. Some called the young boy a hero.