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CANTON, Mass. – A pair of teenagers in Massachusetts had to act fast when they discovered a fire.

In this time of new technology, an old school fire pole box probably isn’t the first thing you would think to use to contact the fire department.

However, the connection is exactly what a salon needed when a fire broke out on Saturday night.

“It smelled like smoke and fire but we couldn’t really tell what it was,” said WT Khoury.

Khoury and Matt Casamento were heading home when they smelled smoke coming from a nearby salon.

“There was a little alley to the back, so we walked back and Dub looked into the back window of the store and he was like, ‘There’s a fire going on,” said Casamento.

The boys made sure no one was inside and then contacted the fire department, each in their own way.

“I called 911 because Dub’s phone was dead and while I was on the phone, he ran across the street and he pulled a street box that I never noticed before,” Casamento said.

That box provides a direct connection to the fire department.

“I’ve seen it like a few times before and thought it must be there for a reason. It looked red, so the fire department was the first thing that came to my mind,” said Khoury.

Because of their quick-thinking, the boys are getting a lot of positive attention.

They say the real heroes are the ones who were on the other end of the box.

“The firemen did a good job to contain that, so I think they should get a lot of credit too,” said Casamento.