9-year-old boy saves neighbor from fire

Third grader's brave action alerted woman

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Timothy Martinez Jr. doesn’t mind if you call him a hero. He spent a lot of Tuesday afternoon embracing the title given to him by many in his neighborhood.

The nine-year-old boy was biking around the Coronado Village mobile home park when he and his dad, Timothy Martinez Sr. spotted trouble at Carol Solomon’s trailer.

“My dad is like, ‘Holy crap there’s a fire!’… and then I looked at the fire and then I was like, holy cow that’s a big fire!” said Timothy Jr.

While the father and son spotted the flames, Solomon was still inside and had no clue. Timothy Sr. yelled for his son to go and get her out of the home.

“I went banging on her door, ‘Get out, get out, you need to get out there’s a fire!'” said Timothy Jr.

After getting a heads up from the E.G. Ross third grader, Solomon got her dog Trixie and got out safely. Firefighters showed up soon after and kept the blaze mostly contained to the shed.

“I’m okay,” Solomon said.”I don’t know how much damage there is at this point.”

She’s staying with her son Tuesday while the damage is assessed. As of Tuesday afternoon, she had yet to find her cat although she hopes it’s hiding somewhere in the trailer.

Solomon, who uses oxygen, says the boy’s quick action was very important.

“I don’t move very fast,” Solomon said. “Last minute things don’t work with me.”

Timothy Sr. was beaming when asked how he felt about what his son did.

“He knew exactly what to do and got her out of there… I feel he is a hero,” said Timothy Sr. “I’m very proud of him. I’m extremely proud of him.”

While the Albuquerque Fire Department says it’s still looking into the cause of the fire, several neighbors tell News 13 it was likely started by Solomon’s next door neighbor burning weeds in his yard.

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