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Greenwood teenager saves sister from house fire

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By: Kayla Bremer

Two sisters are safe today after a late night fire in Greenwood.

Fourteen year old Ashley Persinger says she was watching her 8–year–old sister around 10 p.m. when her mom went to run errands.

A short time later, she says she could smell something burning coming from the laundry room, then the house started filling with thick smoke.

"I couldn't breathe, I couldn't see, so I rushed upstairs to get my sister," Ashley said.

Ashley called for her dogs, then took her sister Nikki to a neighbor's house across the street where they dialed 911.

"I heard glass breaking and then I turned around and fire just went up in flames and everything."

People who live nearby watched as firefighters from Greenwood, Waverly and Ashland rushed to the home.

"Oh I feel sorry for them," Preston Clark said.  "Glad and I'm really happy that everybody got out okay.  It's sad to see that happen to anybody."

Greenwood Fire Chief Mark Sobota says they had the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

Firefighters were able to save the family's three dogs, a bird and one cat, however three other cats sadly didn't make it out alive.

As for Ashley and Nikki's family, they are just thankful to be okay.

Ashley says it's pretty cool to be called a hero, but the whole thing was a frightening experience.

"It was scaring me really bad.  It still scares me knowing that I went through all that stuff and how I'm only like 14 and I did it all by myself.  It still makes me shakey, like just the thought of me going through all that stuff just to save my sister."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Damage is estimated to be between $40,000 to $50,000.

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