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Teen Alerts Family of Fire That Destroys Home

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines firefighters say a teen helped save his family from a fire on the city's southeast side Tuesday morning.

Firefighters got the call to the mobile home park on Southeast 14th and East Virginia Avenue just after 7 a.m.

Kenny Christian, 13, alerted his mother Shawna Frakes and two brothers aged four and seven of smoke and they were able to get out.

“He did a pretty good job,” Shawna said. “I’m very proud of my son because if it wasn’t for him being able to smell that, I don’t know. I’m a pretty deep sleeper myself.”

Officials say the mobile home didn’t have a working fire alarm.

The trailer was a total loss by the time firefighters showed up. Surrounding trailers suffered slight heat damage.

Nobody was injured.

Investigators were looking for a cause of the fire Tuesday morning.