An Iowa family is together thanks to the heroics of a 10-year-old boy.

A ten year old boy is being called a hero for his actions when the family home in Madrid caught fire Monday morning.

Ashley Morman and her husband were at work when they got the call no parent ever wants to get. "I honestly saw both of their lives flash before my eyes. I couldn`t get home fast enough," Ashley told WHO-TV Channel 13.

Their 10-year-old son called shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday to say their home was on fire and he was trapped in his bedroom.

"He had his door shut and it was hot and I asked 'Can you open it? And he said 'I don`t want to open it because it`s hot.' I told him to jump out of the window, break it, do whatever you have to do," Ashley says.

The boy jumped out of the bedroom window to safety. "He`s a smart kid. I raised him right. I'm proud of him," his father Stuart told WHO-TV Channel 13.

With his 16-year-old sister in the basement, the boy flagged down a neighbor. "Luckily the neighbors' dad was out plowing and he saw my son jumping up and down. He went and got him inside and got my daughter."

Madrid and Boone firefighters arrived around 7 a.m. and knocked a window out in order to gain access to the fire in the kitchen.

Because of the smoke damage, the Mormans say they won`t be able to live in their home for another six months. They will be staying with friends and working with their insurance company to figure out the exact date they can move back into the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Photo: WHO-TV Channel 13)

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