Newspaper delivery man alerts family of house fire - FOX 13 News

Newspaper delivery man alerts family of house fire

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

An unlikely hero helped save a family from their burning home early Friday morning.

A Tampa Fire Rescue official said the fire started around 4:30 at a house on 26th Avenue, as two adults and two teens were sound asleep inside.

A person delivering newspapers saw the flames, and started honking his horn and yelling to alert anyone who may have been in danger.

The family woke up and realized they had to quickly get out.

One of the survivors described how frightening that was.

"I was asleep on the couch. I just heard somebody bumping the horn, and heard the crackling from the fire. I opened up the window and flames were just everywhere,” she said. “I just tried to wake up my kids and tell them to get out of the house, get out the house because the house is on fire.”

She said they tried escaping through the front first, but when they opened the door, flames flew inside toward them.

They rushed to the backdoor instead, and ended up making it out okay.

Investigators were still working to find out what caused the fire at the time the details were released.

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