Anderson, Calif -- It was just before 9:30 on Thursday morning when the corner home of Bruce and Barney Street in Anderson caught fire.
That’s when neighbor Neil Thompson jumped into action to make sure the family of eight was out of the home safe.
He told action news now off camera, that he heard smoke alarms go off then a child yell for help.
That’s when he ran next door and found four children safe and unharmed.
He then army crawled back into the home, with as hose, as he attempted to contain the fire until crews arrived.
Neighbors say they arent surprised he would do something like this, especially since he has fire fighting experience.
The Anderson Fire Department along with Cal Fire, Shasta County Fire, and Cottonwood Fire arrived shortly after knocking down the fire in 20 minutes.
Officials say the cause of the fire was a reptile heating lamp that was malfunctioning.
But neighbors say they’re just happy the kids are safe.
Thompson adds he didn’t want to go on camera because he doesn’t want any publicity saying “its something he would want someone to do for his family.”
Anderson police have determined the home to be unliveable with a 150-thousand dollars worth of damage.
UPDATE: 4/5/2018 1:58 p.m.
Anderson Calif.—According to Anderson Fire Department after an investigation it appears that the fire was started form a reptile heating lamp that was found to be not working properly.
Working smoke alarms in the home alerted the children to the fire and contributed to their safe exit.
Estimated damage is approximately $150,000.
It took fire crews about twenty minute to bring the fire under control.
The fire appeared to have started in the rear of the home.
Anderson Calif.—A fire in Anderson Thursday morning ripped through a family’s home while several children were there alone.
The children were able to escape the fire safely.
On Bruce Street in Anderson the fire started around 9:30 Thursday morning.
Fire crews responded quickly and were able to knock out the fire.
According to fire crews, the children were home alone, but managed to escape the blaze.
Fire crews have not confirmed yet, but it appears the children ran out the front door.
The family is a family of eight, six of them children.
The extent of the damage is severe and fire crews say it is unlivable.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.