Residents said the boy woke up to smoke and flames just before 4 a.m. Saturday and alerted others to the danger.
"He came, he said, 'You've got to get out, the house is on fire.' He saved everybody," said Sanavia Connely, a resident who was asleep on the building's second floor at the time. "Without him, I don't think we would have made it."
Seven adults and six children were inside the the home when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported.
Investigators haven't made a final determination of the cause of the fire, but they believe it may have started by a lit cigarette left behind.
The American Red Cross said they're working with the displaced residents to provide temporary housing.
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