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Family of ten escapes apartment fire near 30th and Tibbs

Anita Matthews Anita Matthews

A family of ten is thankful to be alive after an overnight fire in their apartment building. The family credits smoke alarms with saving them and their seven children.

"I am so thankful, very thankful," said Anita Matthews.

Matthews is thankful because her family, including seven children, ages seventeen down to a set of one-year-old twins, got out of their burning apartment building alive.

"The smoke was coming out from under the front door and I opened the door and it was just a ball of fire and I was like whoa!" said Matthews.

Matthews told Eyewitness News she and her family were the only ones who lived in the building at the Senate Square Apartments at the intersection of 30th St. and Tibbs. She says the complex is under new management and renovations were underway in the building. The fire started upstairs. She lived downstairs and credits working smoke alarms with saving their lives.

"They were going off like a Christmas bell," she said. "I was half asleep and that's what I thought I heard. Come to find out that is what I heard and as I'm getting up."

The adults did what they could to get the children out safely. No one was seriously injured and only two were taken to the hospital for observation after mild smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were called to the scene a second time when the fire re-ignited.

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