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Watch: Deputies rescue boy, 10, from Thonotosassa house fire

Body camera video shows the sheriff’s deputies breaking a window of the burning home on Joe Ebert Road to pull the boy to safety, authorities said.
Published May 20|Updated May 20

THONOTOSASSA — A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized after deputies pulled him from a burning home on Thursday, authorities said.

Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies responded about 10:45 p.m. to 911 calls about a house on fire on the 9900 block of Joe Ebert Road and learned a boy was still inside, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Body camera video released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office show deputies breaking windows of the home to get to the boy. They were able to pull him through the window of his bedroom, authorities said.

The video shows a sobbing woman kneeling down beside the boy as deputies tended to him.

“Thank you, God, thank you!” the woman cried.

The house and a detached garage were already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Crews had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

Paramedics took the boy and a man to a local hospital. The boy was listed in serious condition Friday and the man was in stable condition, fire rescue officials said. Their names were not released.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.


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