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Young girl helps Mom escape Greenville house fire

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Early Thursday morning firefighters responded to a duplex fire in Greenville. When firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from one side of the single-story duplex at 303 Arthur Street.

Firefighters quickly found that everyone was out of the home. They were able to contain the fire to one room and quickly extinguish it. Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, and the Red Cross is providing for the mother and daughter who live in the home.

Shannon Terry of the Greenville Fire/Rescue Department told 9 On Your Side about how the girl utilized her elementary school fire training in escaping the fire.  "The smart and deliberate actions of this 10 year-old girl, Zora Johnson, are to be admired. She woke up to discover the fire, immediately woke her mother, opened the bedroom window, and then led her mother out of the bedroom window. Zora put into action the fire safety lessons she learned from the Greenville Fire/Rescue Educational Clown Team during their Fire Prevention presentation at South Greenville Elementary. During the month of October, the Greenville Fire/Rescue Clown Team delivers a fire safety presentation to every Greenville K-3rd grader. Zora applied her knowledge of having two ways out of the home, and having two ways out of your bedroom."

Terry did add that the home did not have a working fire alarm. The Greenville Fire Department will install a working smoke for Greenville residents free of charge. They say people are twice as likely to survive a home fire if a working smoke alarm is present.

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