Posted at: 04/24/2013 9:07 PM
Updated at: 04/25/2013 7:35 AM
By: Laurie Stribling
A family escaped a fire in their West Duluth home safely and the homeowner said it's because of her little boy.
Firefighters responded to a house fire on N. 63rd Avenue W. at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Jennifer Vareberg and her 4-year-old son Jayden Erickson were inside when the blaze broke out.
Authorities say they are investigating this case as an arson.
Jayden woke up to the fire first and started screaming for help.
"I woke mommy up," Jayden said.
"That smoke alarm was loud, but it was his voice screaming, 'mom'," Jennifer said.
Once Jennifer heard her son's panic, she rushed to his room.
"I couldn't see anything," Jennifer said. "It was just black smoke. I could hear him screaming, and I kept telling him, 'I'm coming, I'm coming'."
She eventually found Jayden and took him in her arms. The two looked for a way out of the house, but on the second story Jennifer said the balcony was the only way.
Jennifer said Jayden held on tightly and the two jumped.
"Somebody was looking out for us," Jennifer said. "That fire stopped right where we had to get back out."
Without her son's bravery, Jennifer said the two may have not made it out alive.
"He wasn't even crying," Jennifer said. "He was really good; he was brave that's for sure."
Firefighters said the home suffered about $40,000 in damage. The fire started on the porch.