When a devastating four-alarm fire ripped through a Fairfield apartment building Saturday evening, a local boy quickly sprang into action showing you're never too young to be a hero.

Like many teenagers, Latrell McCockren likes to spend his evenings hanging out with friends and playing video games. However, when the 14-year-old smelled smoke around 7:30 p.m. Saturday while visiting a friend's apartment, he wasted no time in rushing to the aid of those in need, officials said.

Latrell, who lives in the same complex in the 1900 block of Grande Circle, which Fairfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach referred to as a "tight-knit community," quickly removed one of the fire extinguishers and discovered an elderly, disabled man struggling to get out of smoke-filled apartment.

According to Luckenbach, the man could only walk with assistance and was not moving fast enough to get away from the rapidly spreading fire, which tore through the building's common attic, spreading to four units.

The teen entered the apartment and was able to get the man, whose hair was singed, outside to safety, Luckenbach said.

Once outside, the elderly resident told the teen that his dog was still inside and there were also reports of children possibly trapped inside the apartment, Luckenbach said. Latrell and his father went back into the apartment, which is where the fire is believed to have originated, and found the dog while calling out to any additional occupants.

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