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Woman praised for alerting neighbor to fire

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 23:23:19-05

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Firefighters say an alert Columbus woman helped a man escape from a house fire this week. 

It was 4:30 in the afternoon when Amy Jackson was driving down the street and thought she saw smoke coming out of her neighbor's home. She immediately pulled over, got out of her car and started banging on her neighbor's door. 

"I yelled to try to get someone's attention, but no one came to the door," she said. 

Amy even went into the house, yelling all the way, but there was no sign of anyone. 

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She left, ran over to the neighbor's house and called 911. Just then she saw a man, who looked unharmed, but disoriented leaving the house. Firefighters arrived minutes later and were able to minimize the property damage. 

Like heroes often do, Amy is deflecting credit. 

"I'm really happy that I was in the right place at the right time and that I was paying attention, but really the credit goes to the firefighters who save people's lives," she said. 

The man inside the house was asleep when his neighbor alerted him.

Investigators say an electrical short in the garage led to the fire. Firefighters say there were no working smoke detectors in the home. 

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