Neighbors Thank Pint-Size Heroes

By Eric S. Page
|  Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 PM PDT
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Two quick thinking girls may have saved lives after they saw a fire.

Two quick thinking girls may have saved lives after they saw a fire.

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Two young girls said they don't really feel like heroes, even though they were the first to alert neighbors about a fire at their apartment complex over the weekend.

The fast-moving fire on Saturday afternoon was shot by a resident with a cell-phone camera. The video shows the blaze in the 12000 block of Mapleview Street in Lakeside. The unit where the fire began is now boarded up.
   
Natalie Chastain, 9, and Sarah Valverdellney, 10, said they were a little frightened the fire would come closer to them, but they still went around the complex and knocked on their neighbors' doors.

"We were sitting there, talking," Natalie said on Monday.

"Playing," interjected Sarah.

"And then, suddenly we look up in the sky, and we see this black smoke coming out, and then we looked down, and there was fire everywhere," continued Natalie.

"We got really scared, so we ran to the manager's office right away," Sarah added. "And we also pulled the fire alarm."

Firefighters arrived quickly and put out the flames. No one was injured in the fire.

Natalie and Sarah said they are happy with the thanks they have received from their neighbors.

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