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UPDATE: Teen awoke to find bedroom on fire

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TOWN OF WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Town of Wausau mother is crediting her son for saving their family during a house fire.

The fire at Marilyn Kunze's home just northeast of Wausau erupted just before midnight Tuesday, she said.

Kunze, 52, said her 14-year-old son Isaiah woke up and discovered his dresser was on fire about 10 feet from his bed.

"Then he came and got me. We were going to try and put it out but it escalated to the point we could not put it out," she said.

The pair fled the home with Kunze's 32-year-old daughter who lives downstairs, she said.

"I'm just very thankful. I thank God every minute since he woke me up that he was able to wake up because he usually sleeps pretty solid. For him to wake up is a miracle in itself," said Marilyn Kunze, the teen's mother.

Her son usually sleeps "through anything," the mother said. "We are thanking God that he woke up or he wouldn't be here or myself. I was sleeping too when he awoke me."

"My great blessing from God. He is a hero," said Kunze.

Isaiah says he is no hero. He is just glad he didn't sleep a minute longer.

"We're just kind of thankful that we're all here. Stuff can be replaced, people cannot. So that's the most important thing, is that we're all still here," said Isaiah Hollman.

Town of Wausau Fire Chief Kevin Yolitz said a dormitory-style refrigerator in the boy's bedroom is suspected to be the cause of the fire.

There were no smoke detectors in the home, the fire chief said. "They are lucky they got out," said Yolitz.

Kunze said a "good portion" of the home is gone or damaged and the downstairs suffered smoke and water damage. The family is waiting for insurance adjustors to inspect it.

"Right now, we are staying with my mom and dad until we figure out what we are going to do," Kunze said.


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