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A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.
Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.
The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.
Hipps said the safety of the husband, wife and their children can be attributed to the couple's son, who discovered the fire in one of the mobile home's rooms.
"If he didn't wake them up, then I firmly believe we wouldn't have seven survivors," Hipps said.
It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. The home, however, was a total loss. Two dogs and a pet snake were killed in the fire. Red Cross is assisting the family.
The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused the fire, but Hipps said preliminary investigations point to electrical wiring as the fire's likely cause.
North 321 Volunteer Fire Department from Lincoln County assisted Maiden Fire Department with the fire.