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15-year-old girl helps save family from burning home

“If she hadn’t woken up, and notified her parents, this could have been a different situation."

A 15-year-old Duluth girl is being credited for saving her family after waking up and alerting her parents the house was on fire. 

Four adults and four children were home when their house on the 1100 block of East 10th Street started on fire around 12:49 a.m. Tuesday, the Duluth Fire Department said

They all got out safely, thanks to the girl, fire officials say. 

“Thanks to the quick thinking of a 15-year-old who alerted her family to the fire, they were all able to get out of the home safely,” Assistant Chief Dennis Edwards said in the news release. “If she hadn’t woken up, and notified her parents, this could have been a different situation. She was very brave.”

A man did suffer burns to his hand while trying to put out the fire before exiting the home. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. 

No other injuries to the family or firefighters were reported.

The family's two cats "likely escaped the fire as they were not located and doors had been left open by the escaping residents," the fire department notes.

The Duluth Fire Department says when they arrived at the home, heavy fire was visible from a second-story window. They initially attacked the blaze from the exterior and then advanced to the second floor, where they extinguished fire in two rooms and the attic.  

The fire is being investigated but fire officials believe it was accidental and electrical in nature. 

The fire did an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. The Red Cross is helping the family. 

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