- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Fire officials are hailing a 12-year-old girl who kept her cool and hustled her little brothers and the family dog out of their burning home in Bellevue.

The three children were home alone around 8 a.m. Thursday when the fire broke out in the laundry room. Elizabeth Mahan smelled the smoke, rounded up her brothers and the dog and went next door to call 911.

Elizabeth says she’d learned in school what to do during an emergency.

Fire Battalion Chief Joe Gibilisco says Elizabeth did the “textbook-perfect thing” and says she “acted better than a lot of adults do.”

The fire cause is being investigated.

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