Boy, 9, speaks of calling 911 when he spotted fatal car fire in Chapel Hill


CHAPEL HILL NC (WNCN) – Chapel Hill authorities found a Fatalities in a burning car in Chapel Hill Wednesday afternoon.

At a playground across the street, a 9-year-old and a neighbor saw everything and called 911.

Trevonne Smith said he was playing with friends when the fire broke out.

“So I was on the swing, rocking around, and then I heard a huge pop,” Trevonne said. “I went to check there and all I saw was the burning car.”

Smith immediately thought about the lessons he had learned from his family about what to do in an emergency.

“To only use 911 if it’s an emergency or if it’s a serious emergency and if something really bad happens to family members or anything happens, just call 911,” Trevonne said.

With Trevonne’s instructions, first responders found the burning car at Dickens Court at the Sagebrook Apartments.

“It just popped and then it caught fire,” Trevonne described over the phone to 911.

While on the line with dispatchers, Smith handed the phone to a neighbor, who described how people tried to put out the fire themselves before crews arrived.

“Someone is trying to get into the car, they are spraying something on it now,” said one woman. “He’s spraying the car with a fire extinguisher from the looks of it.”

The Chapel Hill Police Department has not yet released any additional information regarding the fire or death investigation.

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