Troutdale teen rescues neighbor boy, 8, from burning home

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PORTLAND, Ore. — A 14-year-old Troutdale boy is being hailed as a hero after he rescued an 8-year-old neighbor from a burning home.

Marcos Ugarte and his father, Eduardo, rushed to the house Monday night when they heard screams outside.

The Oregonian reported Tuesday that the pair ran to the home and found four family members outside. One child, 8-year-old boy, had locked himself in a second-story bedroom when he spotted flames and his father couldn’t reach him.

Eduardo Ugarte ran inside the house but was pushed back by flames. Meanwhile, his teenage son grabbed a ladder, climbed it and pulled the boy to safety.

Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Mark Maunder says the 8-year-old was taken to a hospital and released. Others were treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation.

Marcos Ugarte is a freshman at Gresham High School.

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