Son survives house fire thanks to dad's training

An 18-year-old man had his father's firefighting knowledge to rely on Saturday morning when his family home caught fire.

An 18-year-old man had his father's firefighting knowledge to rely on Saturday morning when his family home caught fire.

At about 2:30 a.m., an automatic security system alerted crews to the fire in Millidgeville-area of Saint John.

Fire crews arrived at the same time as the homeowner — a retired firefighter.

Smoke was reportedly billowing out of the two-storey home.

District Fire Chief Gerry Morris said the owner told them his two sons were inside, and asked what the best way was to reach them.

Morris said it turned out only one son was in the home and was rescued from a second-storey bedroom.

He said the son's knowledge of his father's fire training likely prevented a tragedy.

"The family was taught about closing bedroom doors at night before they went to bed," said Morris.

"Where we found the victim on the second floor, the bedroom door was closed and probably prevented the heavy smoke and heat from getting in the room where he was."

The fire sent two firefighters and the 18-year-old to hospital. The three have since been released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.