Greenville Girl Being Called A "Hero" After She, Mom Escape Burning Home

A ten-year-old girl and her mother are safe today, thanks to the child's good memory and a team of clowns.

Greenville Fire-Rescue officials say Zora Johnson, who lives at 303 Arthur Street, remembered what she had learned from the Greenville Fire-Rescue Educational Clown Team, which visited her school. The girl climbed out the window of her burning duplex and convinced her mother to do the same. Both escaped without injury.

Fire crews were called to the duplex just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The fire was contained to the bathroom, and fire crews extinguished the flames in six minutes.

The home has moderate smoke damage, according to officials, and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.

The fire department says there were no working smoke alarms in the home.

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Greenville Fire-Rescue crews were able to quickly extinguish a fire at a duplex early this morning.

Crews were called to 303 Arthur St., which is off Evans St., right before 4:30 a.m. Within six minutes, the fire was out.

Officials say a mother and her daughter awoke to the smell of smoke. The fire was confined to the bathroom, which caused moderate smoke damage to the duplex.

People on both sides of the duplex safely escaped. They will be looking to the American Red Cross for assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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