Cleveland: Family praises firefighters for saving their lives

6:57 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- We see fire rescues every week on the NBC drama "Chicago Fire" but the Cleveland Fire Department had their own real rescue Thursday at an apartment building on Rocky River Drive.

Kelly Ottenweller was inside when she heard the sirens. She looked out her window and saw all the fire trucks and went to open her door.

Firefighters were there ready to break it down, saying there's a fire and you need to get out right now.

But Kelly wasn't alone, as she had three children upstairs.

A firefighters carried all three down the stairs and out of the apartments.

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The fire started in an apartment next to Kelly's and she says the firefighters quickly put it out. 

Because of Cleveland firefighters, four precious faces are still here to smile and the family wants to pass along this special message:

"I want to thank you for getting me and my kids out safely because I wouldn't have known. Thank you very much."

Firefighters say the building did have working smoking detectors and they want to remind everyone us we should change the batteries in our smoke detectors this weekend when we spring ahead with our clocks.


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