Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs woman is grateful for the heroic efforts of her 14-year-old son, who helped her escape a fire Saturday morning on Willett Court.
“He saved my life,” Debbie Mosser said. “He didn’t even hesitate.”
Her son, Dillon Silcox, was woken by a fire alarm at about 7 a.m. Saturday and discovered flames in the hallway outside his door. He tried to escape through a window, but it would not open, so he jumped over the flames to get to his mother. Dillon went outside and to his mother’s bedroom window, pounded and yelled, “Mom, get up, fire,” Mosser said.
“I was in a dead sleep when all this happened,” she said.
Dillon, a freshman at Steamboat Springs High School, then helped his mother get out through the window.
“He grabbed his backpack because he didn’t want to redo his homework,” Mosser said.
Mosser, who is disabled and recovering from an August brain surgery, said she was using oxygen when the fire occurred.
“If he hadn’t gotten to me any quicker, I would have been gone, and the house would have blown up,” Mosser said.
After escaping the house, Dillon then alerted the tenant living on the second floor. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire.
“I was very thankful that we all got out OK,” Dillon said.
Mosser, who rented the ground level apartment in the home, said the cause of the fire has not been determined, but the damage is worse than initially thought, and they won’t be able to move back in.
A message left with the Steamboat Springs Fire Marshal's Office was not returned Wednesday.
Mosser said she has to find a new place to live with her son by Friday, and it is not known what belongings were spared from smoke damage.
American Red Cross volunteer Linda Kakela has been helping the family with food, clothing and short-term housing.
“They’ve been phenomenal,” Mosser said about the Red Cross, which operates through donations.
Kakela said the family also is receiving help from LIFT-UP of Routt County, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Independent Life Center and the Grand County Housing Authority, which administers federal money for housing.
A fund to help the family was being established Wednesday at Yampa Valley Bank.
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