Chattanooga teen helps save his three siblings from fire

11:35 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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East Tennessee firefighters say a 14-year-old boy helped his three younger siblings escape from a house fire that engulfed their home.

The fire happened Tuesday in Chattanooga. A passerby saw smoke coming from the home and flagged down a police officer. The officer found the four children on the roof of the home in danger.

Firefighters say their only way out of the burning home was to climb onto the roof from a second story window.

"That's the older child who actually kicked his way out of a window on the second floor, and in the process of kicking the window out, he got some cuts on his legs," said Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The teenager then helped lower his younger siblings down to the police officer and out of danger.

Two of the children went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The children's father wasn't home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters believe the fire may have started in the kitchen area. The cause is under investigation.

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