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12-year-old boy helps family escape flames in Imperial Beach

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IMPERIAL BEACH (CBS 8/CNS) - A 12-year-old boy is credited with helping his family escape a fire at an apartment building in Imperial Beach early Wednesday.

His mother said she woke up to her son telling her their apartment building was on fire.

The blaze broke out in a maintenance shed at the complex on Imperial Beach Boulevard near Third Street shortly after 2 a.m. and quickly spread to a patio area attached to two units, according to sheriff's Sgt. Luis Chavez.

The residents were able to get out on their own, but the fire damaged the outside of both apartments, the sergeant said.

Firefighters had the blaze knocked down in 12 minutes, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said.

The American Red Cross was summoned to assist the two adults and four children displaced by the fire, the dispatcher said.

Chavez said the cause of the fire is under investigation, no one was injured.

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