2 escape house fire thanks to 3-year-old

ELGIN - Suburban Chicago authorities say a three-year-old child alerted her mother to a fire inside of their home, leading to both safely escaping the dangerous situation.

Fire officials say crews arrived at the Elgin home shortly after receiving a report of a house fire Wednesday morning.  Authorities say the woman and her daughter climbed through a first-floor window before firefighters arrived on scene.

Firefighters were able to get the flames under control in about 10 minutes.  According to fire officials, an initial investigation shows the fire was found in a bedroom, and that the home sustained extensive smoke damage on the first floor.  The fire's cause is still under investigation.

Authorities say the woman and her child were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.  The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damages, and Red Cross officials are helping the family find shelter until repairs can be made.  Officials say the woman credits her daughter with alerting her to the fire.
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