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Children survive house fire

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Fire quickly swept through an East Fourth Avenue Albany home around lunchtime. Three children who were inside the home escaped, but the home sustained major damage.

Investigators say nearly 40% of the home is a loss. They're trying to figure out what caused the fire, which started at floor level near a pile of clothes.

Three children were alone in the home when the fire started, and one of them just may be a hero.

Venetia Chester walked out of her home on East 4th Avenue this afternoon, to see flames shooting out of her neighbor's roof. "I thought it was going to jump on my side because of it being dry, but the fire department put it out," she said.

Fire investigators say three children ages 4, 6, and 14 were in the home when the fire started.

The fire started in the front right bedroom, and quickly spread.

"The message about children being left unattended is make sure there is somebody there that's responsible," said Albany Fire Inv. Sam Harris. "The grandmother had just left to go to the store."

In this case, it turns out there was. The 14 year old girl pulled the other kids to safety. "She called 911, got the other kids out of the house and actually saved them from being injured," Harris said.

Chester says she's thankful the kids got out, but knows the damage to the home must be heartbreaking to her neighbors.

"I'll pray for them, that's what I'll do," said Chester.

Thanking God that while the house is heavily damaged, the kids are okay. 

Investigators left the house not long ago. They say they've eliminated the possibility of an electrical fire and that there were no pour patterns in the house.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, and it's still under investigation.

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