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Child helps eight people escape burning Parkway Village apartment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A family of eight is lucky to be alive after a fire broke out in their Parkway Village apartment overnight.

The fire started around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Ten Mile Creek Apartments on Claudette Road south of American Way.

Firefighters say flames were coming through the roof by the time they arrived a few minutes later.

There were eight people inside the unit -- an adult and seven children.

Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department says an 11-year-old boy woke up, heard the smoke detector going off and woke up the rest of his family, likely saving their lives.

"We consider (him) a hero and we applaud him for his efforts in getting that family out without any harm," said Lt. Cooke.

Lt. Cooke says no civilians were injured, but a firefighter went to the hospital with a shoulder injury. He is in stable condition.

He says the fire started from an unattended candle in the dining room.