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Saturday, May 18, 2013

SBC: 15 Year Old Saves Family From House Fire

15 Year Old Hero Saves Family From Residential Structure Fire
Incident Date: 05/17/13
Location: 5595 N Western
Time of the call: 16:12pm
Number of Units: 4 Engines, 3 Ladder Trucks, Fire Chief
Number of Firefighters: 22 Firefighters and 1 Chief Officer
Fatalities/Injuries: None
Property Damage: $40,000 structural and contents
Property Saved: $200,000

A 15 year old girl is being called a hero today after she quickly located a fire in her home and rescued her younger siblings from danger. 
The 15 year old girl was babysitting her 3 younger siblings and was up stairs doing her homework when she heard the smoke detector sound alerting her to a fire in her mother’s bedroom. She quickly followed the smell of smoke and the sound of the smoke detector as she went room to room and checked for fire. After realizing her mother’s door was locked she jumped out onto the upstairs balcony and saw the room was on fire. 
She quickly went back into the burning house located her 3 younger siblings (2 ½ year old twins and 11 year old brother) and rushed them to safety outside of the residence. She then called 911 from a safe location outside of the home. 
Her actions and heroism definitely saved the lives of her family members.

Additional Information:
•             Fire Crews dispatched to multiple reports of a two story residential structure fire.
•             Arriving Firefighters discovered a two-story home with heavy smoke coming from a 2nd story window.
•             Fire crews were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire in minutes.
•             Firefighters were able to successfully protect the rest of the home from radiant heat and also kept the fire confined to the room of origin.
•             The cause of the fire is still under investigation

San Bernardino City Firefighters would like to remind all home owners to check and replace smoke detector batteries on a regular basis.

Contact: Engineer Paramedic  Jason Buchanan, PIO Assigned - Contact # 909-384-5402
Incident Commander: Fire Chief George Avery - 909-384-5279

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