TRUCKEE (CBS13) – A Truckee teen who was missing for several hours was found alive next to his home, buried under several feet of snow.

On Wednesday night, a teen, 14, was playing in a snow cave next to his home when a large amount of snow slid off the roof, burying him.

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A few hours later, when the boy didn’t come inside, family members searched for him, and when they couldn’t find him, called 911.

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Truckee Fire Protection District firefighters arrived and immediately suspected a roof avalanche, according to a Fire Department statement. They began probing into the snow near the edge of the roof and got a “hit” with a probe.  They dug in that spot and found the boy buried under five feet of snow.

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Firefighters urge people to stay away from the area where snow slides off the roof, especially metal roofs.  The snow can come off very forcefully injuring, burying, or even killing a person. They also urge kids to use the buddy system and remind parents to check on kids frequently.