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FOX 5 staffer saves family from burning Dacula home

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Always the journalist, Amy was able to capture this photo of the fire after the family was led to safety. Always the journalist, Amy was able to capture this photo of the fire after the family was led to safety.
Oates shares details of her story with colleagues Oates shares details of her story with colleagues
DACULA, Ga. -

"I noticed the back of this house was on fire and I had to react," recalls Amy Oates, Executive Producer for FOX 5 News.

Oates was beginning her morning commute just after 5:00 Wednesday morning, when she noticed smoke and flames towering from the back of a Dacula home.

"I stopped, called 911, then thought I have to go get this family out," Oates said. Within minutes, another driver had stopped to help and the two charged towards the burning home.

"Both of us started banging on the doors and windows, it felt like it took forever," Oates explained. As a man answered the door, Oates and her 'Good Samaritan' neighbor rushed the family of three outside to safety.

"We could hear constant explosions as we ran from the home," Oates recalled. Once outside, she provided a warm vehicle for the family to rest in while emergency officials arrived.

Fire officials have not commented on the cause of the fire but Oates believes the home is a total loss.

 

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