SAPULPA, OK (CNN) — Four teen boys are being lauded as heroes after rescuing a 90-year-old woman from a fire in her home.
Catherine Ritchie, of Sapulpa, OK, has lived in her home for 58 years.
“I was getting ready for bed in the bathroom and I turned around and my bed, the head of my bed was covered with flames,” she said.
Her rescuers — Wyatt Hall, 17; Seth Byrd, 16; Dylan Wick, 16; and Nick Byrd, 14 — were just trying to pass time when the fire broke out.
“We were just sitting around looking for something to do,” Hall said.
“We were actually fixing to leave, I thought, right?,” said Seth Byrd. “We were fixing to go to QT to get something to drink.”
The four boys go outside and the first thing they notice is a smell.
“It smelled kind of like burning rubber,” said Wick. “Then we heard the house alarm go off.”
Inside the house, Ritchie was trying to put out the fire. Eventually, she gave up, called 911 and hit her emergency call button.
“At that time, the smoke was so bad I couldn’t see to get out of my room,” said Ritchie. “I felt along the wall and I went into the closet instead of the door to get out of the room. But anyway, I finally did get to the door.”
While trying to find her way out of the house, the boys jumped into action, trying to break down doors to get inside.
Nick Byrd managed to get in through the back door and ran inside, finding Ritchie in the hall, lost in the smoke.
“This young boy was right there,” said Ritchie. “He picked me up, and I said, ‘I can walk,’ and he said, ‘We’re getting out of here.'”
“I just kind of heard her,” said Nick Byrd. “I went to the right of the house and no one was there, I went to the left of the house and I saw her in the hallway, so I just grabbed her and took her to Seth.”
Everyone made it out of the house safe.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it spread.
The boys and Ritchie returned to the home to see the damage.
“Ever since that night, my life has just changed. For the better,” said Hall.
“They were just special,” said Ritchie. “As young as they were.”
It is unclear what caused the fire.