A ten-year-old Union County boy is being called a hero after saving his mothers life.
Vanessa Potts and her young son stopped for fuel at a Morganfield gas station on Monday night.
Potts was sitting inside the car while the gas pumped, but the fuel tank overflowed with gas and suddenly caught fire, just as she was getting out of the car.
Potts got caught up in the flames as she was trying to escape.
That's when her son sprang into action.
Firefighters say he pushed his mom to the ground, took off his shoe and beat out the flames.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Potts is being treated for serious burns at a St. Louis hospital.