Boy Praised as ‘Hero’ After Alerting 40 Wedding Guests to Fire
While at home, 10-year-old Ashton Dunford saw fire emerging from the bed and breakfast property across the street.
He immediately bolted to the building, alerting 40 wedding guests inside that the place was going to go up in flames.
Good Place Farms Bed and Breakfast is located in Lexington, Virginia.
“Ashton ran across the street and into the building screaming for the people to get out. There was smoke inside, and without hesitation, he went right in,” Rockbridge County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Foresman told ABC News.
The guests quickly left the renovated barn. Foresman said if they hadn’t heard about the fire from the boy, there was a chance that someone could’ve died. The accident resulted in no injuries.
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There were no fire hydrants nearby, and it took almost an hour for firefighters to control the flame, which did significant damage to the barn.
The wedding still took place on Sunday, but had an extra guest: Ashton.
“He doesn’t even realize what he did,” said the bed and breakfast owner Justin Peery. “How he saved lives. He’s already talking about rebuilding and setting up for more people to stay in the future—he just wants to go fishing between now and then.”
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Good Place Farms Bed and Breakfast has vowed that it “will return.”