- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - An 11-year-old girl has been credited with helping to save the lives of four of her young relatives from a house fire in Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News (https://bit.ly/1WukOLi ) reports that Autumn Gibson’s mother, Lena Campbell, had just left for work around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 when the house caught on fire.

Autumn Gibson says she woke up from a smoke alarm, roused her 15-year-old relative Justin Allen and the two ensured that Gibson’s 12-year-old and 2-year-old brothers and her 5-year-old sister all made it out of the house. Autumn Gibson also managed to grab her family’s cat as the group of children escaped.

Cumberland Fire Department Chief Donald Dunn says a space heater was responsible for the flames.


Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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