- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A 5-year-old Vermont boy has been credited with spotting a fire at a business before it spread to other buildings.

The boy, Gabriel DeJesus, of Barre, was in a truck with his family in downtown Barre on Saturday evening when he saw smoke coming from the back of Bob’s Camera & Video. The store was closed at the time.

His father, Jaime DeJesus, says his son said, “‘Daddy, look, there’s smoke coming out the door, it’s coming out the roof.’” DeJesus stopped and ran to the restaurant next door to alert staff to the fire. They also called 911.

Firefighters say a sprinkler system controlled the basement fire. The cause is under investigation.

Barre Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Aldsworth said he commends Gabriel, and store owner Kaitlyn Mesler says she’s “super thankful” Gabriel saw the fire and told his parents.


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