April 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM
Grandmother credited with saving family in Seattle fire
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A 56-year-old grandmother is being credited with saving her family during a fire in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood this morning.
Firefighters were called to the home in the 5600 block of Kirkwood Place North, an area known as Tangletown, just after 3:30 a.m. for reports of a fire.
Seattle fire spokesman Kyle Moore said the woman awoke to the sound of a smoke detector. She ran upstairs to the second floor, where the smoke was heaviest, to wake her 21-year-old son and three young grandchildren, the oldest of whom is 5, Moore said.
The children belong to the woman’s daughter, who was not at the house at the time, Moore said.
The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment for smoke inhalation. The fire was caused by an overheated extension cord on the second floor of the home, Moore said.
The fire, which has been ruled accidental, caused $75,000 worth of damage.
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