- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities are praising a 9-year-old boy for helping save the lives of two people after he called 911 to report that his two-story home was on fire in New Bedford.

Firefighters responding to the Dartmouth Street home early Saturday found a woman unconscious on the second-floor landing. They also found a man with second- and third-degree burns covering more than 50 percent of his body.

Both victims were received emergency treatment at the scene before they were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

Authorities say the boy called 911 at about 4:30 a.m. to report the house fire. Police and firefighters found the smoke visible on the first and second floor.

No one else was injured in the blaze and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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