Liz Matos owns and operates the Magnolia Manor assisted living facility in Healdsburg, California. On Saturday, while baking enchilada's in the over her 10-year-old son, Carlos noticed smoke coming from the oven.
When Matos opened the broiler, flames shot up and caught the upper cabinets on fire.
She told Carlos to call 911 and he did. While waiting for the firetrucks to arrive, Matos got the six elderly clients out of the home.
They waited outside for firetrucks to arrive.
Carlos told KTVU:
"They said help is on the way and to take a deep breath. I was pretty scared and heavy breathing and stuff."
His mom added:
"It was super scary. I wasn't sure sometimes we were going to make it. But I needed to help them. They depend on me."
As for Carlos she added:
"I'm really proud of him. That was a lot of pressure to put on him."
Everyone was able to get out uninjured but the facility is a total loss.
Numerous fire crews on scene at Magnolia Manor. a senior assisted-living facility near Healdsburg. Smoke pouring fr… https://t.co/qTB3YFQ4Y4— Will Schmitt 👻 (@Will Schmitt 👻) 1543199357.0
Wayne Freedman, a reporter for ABC News filed the story.
The @HealdsburgFire Dept, his mom, sister, and 6 residents at Magnolia Manor Senior Center say 10 year-old Carlos M… https://t.co/y54KMunRav— Wayne Freedman (@Wayne Freedman) 1543267187.0
Carlos, his mother Liz, and sister Thalia returned today to see what they might salvage. Not much. "It was fire to… https://t.co/YGNcjPfNLj— Wayne Freedman (@Wayne Freedman) 1543267493.0
Fire began in the kitchen. Oven was smoking. When opened, the room pretty much exploded, according to… https://t.co/OGkc1FZQ9W— Wayne Freedman (@Wayne Freedman) 1543267622.0
Ironic when they opened the oven where the fire began. Only the enchiladas survived. Everything else in the house.… https://t.co/3gXgEeIp7p— Wayne Freedman (@Wayne Freedman) 1543267812.0
People are calling Carlos a hero.
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire Carlos Matos is the hero we need right now! And let us not forget his mom, who raise… https://t.co/Q2IwEzC7SY— Kristina (@Kristina) 1543284230.0
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire Some heroes don't wear capes or athletic uniforms or badges, some heroes are just a… https://t.co/U2ADNsNino— Theresa M. Dauria (@Theresa M. Dauria) 1543285273.0
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire What a brave, responsible boy! He’s a true hero!— 🍂 Debra 🍁🎃 (@🍂 Debra 🍁🎃) 1543280664.0
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire Amazingly smart, cool under pressure young man.— Donna Cohen (@Donna Cohen) 1543287182.0
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire Bravo young man ! What a hero https://t.co/eZnc2hUhmo— 🦀🐚🌴ℬℰᎯℂℋℒᎾᏉℰℛ🌴🌊🐬 (@🦀🐚🌴ℬℰᎯℂℋℒᎾᏉℰℛ🌴🌊🐬) 1543286876.0
@WayneFreedman @HealdsburgFire Good job Carlos!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👏— phoebe (@phoebe) 1543280556.0
Glad everyone is safe!