WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) — An 8-year-old boy Wednesday is being credited with saving his family from a house fire.

The fire was reported just after 4:30 a.m. on the second floor of a home in the 12700 block of Beverly Boulevard in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The child awoke to find smoke and fire in the home and quickly alerted his six family members.

“The boy used techniques he learned during fire drills at school to exit the home,” Capt. Brian Jordan said.

The fire, which was knocked down around 5 a.m., was caused by an overloaded electrical outlet, he said.

The home was equipped with smoke alarms, however, they did not work.

Damages was estimated at $110,000.

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