HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — A field trip to the Phelan fire station to learn safety lessons last week may have saved 5-year-old Nathaniel Stocks’ life.
“I don’t think it was a coincidence. I think it was a God thing,” said mom Brianna Stocks.READ MORE: LA City Council To Vote Tuesday On Ghost Gun Ban
Stocks wasn’t home when her son’s room caught fire last Friday night – but his grandma was.
“I think he saved our lives for sure,” Kimberly Ratliff said. “I have no doubt I was sound asleep.”
Nathaniel used a recent fire house lesson to “stop, drop and roll” and then crawled to his grandma’s room.
“Nice thing about Nathaniel he remembers everything,” said Ratliff. “He’s a really smart kid and pays attention.”READ MORE: New Princess Diana Exhibit To Open In Santa Monica
Nathaniel even remembers what his Nanny said when he woke her up.
“She said a bad word,” he recalled.
One look around the home and you too might’ve said a bad word: the place is charred.
In the middle of the family’s burned-up things is something they suspect caused the fire, a space heater.
“My mom said she checked it before he went to bed and we had it on low medium,” said Stocks. “Not sure how it caught really.”MORE NEWS: LA Special Counselor To Plead Guilty To $2.2M LADWP Kickback Scheme, Bribing LADWP Officials
One thing is for sure – the San Bernardino Fire Department is now calling Nathaniel a hero.