• Boys rescue 2 children from burning Orange County mobile home

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Two boys ran into a burning mobile home and rescued two of four children in Orange County Tuesday morning.

    The fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. inside the mobile home at the Lake John's Motel property on West Colonial Drive. 

    Isiah Francis, 10, said he called 911 when he saw the fire, and then he ran into the home and helped two young children escape the burning structure. His friend, Jeremiah Grimes, 11, ran in to the home afterward to help Francis.

    Firefighters arrived and rescued two more children who were still inside the home.

    "I was in the place first trying to get those little kids out to save their lives," Francis said. "I was nervous because there was so much smoke. It was hard for me to see and all that."

    "I took the infant, he took the older one and we ran back to his house," Grimes said.


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    Fire officials said its believed the fire started in the kitchen, but the cause has not been determined.

    "We always try to teach our kids to dial 911. He definitely went above and beyond in risking his life to go in and save those kids," a fire official said.

    Two of the victims were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. There is no word on their ages or current conditions.

    "That's what any one person would have done to like kids in danger, you just help them," Grimes said.

    Residents and family members told Channel 9 that they were grateful for the boys and their actions.

    "Ten years old to do that, know that already. He's got a great future ahead of him," Francis' uncle said.

    "It feels good. It feels really good," Francis said.

    The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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