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March 6, 2014

Derry teen credited with saving family home

DERRY — A 16-year-old boy is credited with saving his family's home from fire yesterday afternoon.

Nathaniel Mejia was napping upstairs at home at 8 Belmont Terrace when he was woken up by smoke detectors sounding, according to Derry fire Battalion Chief Jack Webb.

The teen ran downstairs and found the kitchen full of smoke, the stove, cabinets and stove hood in flames, Webb said.

Nathaniel grabbed a fire extinguisher, put out the fire, opened windows and got the family's three dogs out of the house.

His mother returned home shortly thereafter, returning from picking up other children from school.

Derry firefighters extinguished the remaining hot spots and determined the fire originated in the stove hood fan, Webb said.

He stressed the importance of having working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Webb applauded Nathaniel for his quick action and his parents, Edwin and Carmen Mejia, for providing working smoke detectors and an extinguisher.

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