13-Year-Old Rushes Into Burning Waterbury Home

A 13-year-old boy is being called a hero for rushing inside a burning home in Waterbury on Friday night. 

The call came in to the Waterbury Fire Department at 6:05 p.m. and firefighters responded to the home at 121 Central Ave.

Michael Tineo said he was playing outside when he noticed flames coming from the home.

About 10 people, including children and pregnant women, were inside the multi-family home at the time of the fire and Tineo ran inside the house to help.

"It was smoky but the thing I thought about was what’s going to happen to my family and my little baby sister, my cousins?" Tineo told NBC Connecticut

The fire started at the rear of the two-story, two unit wood frame building. The fire spread to a three-story, three unit building next door.

All the people inside got out safely and received help from the Red Cross.

Two firefighters were taken to St. Mary's Hospital for evaluation but were released shortly after, the fire chief said. 

The fire marshal's office is investigating.

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