Girl, 9, saves family from early morning house fire in Summerville

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) โ€“ A 9-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after saving her family from an early morning house fire in Summerville.

Summerville Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire in the Barnoy Ridge neighborhood off Bacons Bridge Road on Wednesday just after 4:00 a.m.

Crews say they arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames.

But it was the quick thinking of a 9-year-old girl that stopped this bad situation from becoming worse.

Aussie Talbot said she woke up to re-adjust her blanket and noticed a smoke smell beginning to fill the house.

โ€œI woke up to fix them, then I saw smoke coming in my room and I was like, okay, maybe this is a fire,โ€ she said – then jumping into action with one goal: โ€œto wake my parents and get out of the house.โ€

Summerville fire crews say the house was covered in flames when they arrived.

The family โ€“ two adults and two children including Aussie โ€“ made it out safely with no injuries. Two pets survived the fire but a third died.

โ€œIf you did not know what to do then you most likely will get hurt, and you donโ€™t wanna get hurt,โ€ said Aussie.

Aussie said she learned what to do from fire training at Flowertown Elementary School.

She described Wednesday morning as a lesson to children who donโ€™t take fire training classes seriously: โ€œMessing around, not paying attention, not listening to what they say to do and one day you end up in a case like this, youโ€™re not gonna know what to do and you could get badly injured or maybe even die.โ€

The fire remains under investigation.

As for Aussie, she says itโ€™s pretty cool to have the word โ€˜heroโ€™ in front of her name.

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