11-year old boy saves his family from burning Jersey City home

Jim Dolan has the story from Jersey City
April 7, 2014 8:32:55 PM PDT
An 11-year old boy in Jersey City is being hailed as a hero after he woke up in the middle of the night, smelled smoke, and rushed to save his family before a fire destroyed their home.

Wanda Womack came home Monday night to see if anything could be salvaged from her burned out home, and there wasn't much.

But her family is OK, and her 11-year old son may have saved them all.

"I woke up, I saw fire, and I smelled the smoke," said the hero, Tajajuan Womack.

The walls are burned now, and there's practically nothing left of the ceiling. Tajajuan woke up at 2:45 a.m. Monday, smelled the smoke, saw the fire and got busy.

"I couldn't believe it was fire, so I started banging on my mother's door," Tajajuan said.

But he didn't stop there.

"I woke up my sister and told her to get out of the house," he said.

It seemed like veryone was safe. Until they realized an aunt, living in the third floor, hadn't heard the screams and was still sleeping upstairs.

"I had to get my sister out of the bed and then run down the stairs," Wanda said.

Tajajuan is young, but he knew what to do.

"I feel good, because I feel like I saved somebody's life," he said.