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Ashley Driesler, Staff Writer

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  On November 26th, a fire erupted inside Healdsburg Senior Care Center. Carlos Matos, the son of the owner, is only 10 years old, and helped save six senior residents escape the building. His mother, Liz Matos, also helped the seniors escape by physically evacuating them. She had ordered Carlos to go outside and the boy dialed the fire department.

  Linda Collister, Healdsburg Fire Marshal referred to Carlos by stating, “Very cool head on his shoulders.”

  So far, the Healdsburg City Council is considering giving the boy a commendation for his heroic actions.   

  Young Matos commented on the moment the fire started, stating, “It was scary. . . Flames reached the ceiling.”

  He further elaborated that the oven had started smoking and suddenly burst into a large fire.

  The total cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the only items that went nearly unscorched were enchiladas that were inside the oven at the scene.     

  Unfortunately, most of Carlos’ belongings, such as his PS4 and games, were destroyed, but he was grateful the senior citizens made it out unharmed.

  The child stated, “At least we got the people out. That’s what matters.”

  West High Student, Katherine Trainor (11), stated, “Children like this boy prove that society isn’t completely awful. This story shows that selflessness is a powerful trait, and selfless people aren’t in it for the reward.”

  A fellow commenter, Carlos Palacios (11), also stated, “I’m glad [Matos] appreciates human life more than material things.”

  There is currently a GoFundMe set up to support the Matos family and to help them rebuild a new senior center.

 

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Ashley Driesler, Staff Writer

Ashley Driesler is a Staff Writer in Smoke Signals and currently a junior at West High. She is passionate about writing and wrestling.

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