JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputy who rescued a 3-year-old boy from a house fire is now recovering from smoke inhalation.
Deputy Cody Downs was first on the scene at a Saturday night fire west of Jasper.
"We received the call about 10:15," said Sheriff Mitchel Newman.
A neighbor reported that a home was on fire on FM 3414, he said.
Downs was a few miles down the road when the call came in.
"I think he arrived at 10:17 p.m.," Newman said. "God had a thing to do with that."
When he arrived, the residence was burning and the deputy was told there was a child in the back bedroom of the home. Downs had been in the home before and knew the layout, Newman said. He was able to quickly get to the child and get him out.
The child was taken to a hospital to be treated and was later released. Newman said the child is OK.
Downs was flown to a hospital in Galveston where he was treated for smoke inhalation. He was released Sunday and is expected to be off for a few days for recovery.
Three children were home at the time of the fire - ages 7, 5 and 3. Newman said the two eldest were able to escape unharmed.
The sheriff says officials are investigating the cause of the fire and why the children were home alone.
Jasper and Angelina county fire departments also responded to the scene.