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Daughter wakes mom to escape house fire

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jul 18 2013 06:20:23 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2013 11:27:21 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Officials said a 10-year-old girl woke her mother after discovering that their home had caught fire.

According to Greenville Fire and Rescue, 10-year-old Zora Johnson noticed smoke at her duplex home, on Arthur Street, at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. She then woke her mother, and the two escaped through a bedroom window.

The mother and daughter were not injured, officials said. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out in about six minutes.

According to Greenville Fire and Rescue, Zora used knowledge she learned from firefighters who visited her school to escape the Thursday morning blaze.

A group called the Greenville Fire/Rescue Educational Clown Team gives fire safety presentations to every kindergartener through third grader in the city. Zora said she remembered the training, which helped her get out of the fire.

"They said if the fire is close up, stop drop and roll." Zora said. "If there is smoke, just come out. They said if a doorknob is hot, don't go out of there."

Investigators didn't say how much damage the house suffered. But Zora's mother said there was smoke damage to the home and that the fire started in the bathroom.

"I was scared to go behind the bathroom because the fire was coming out of it," Zora said. "When I had jumped out of the window, I saw smoke coming from the roof."

Investigators said they are working to determine a cause. The home had no working smoke alarms, fire officials said.

The Red Cross provided a hotel room and food for the family.