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February 18, 2010 1:26 PM

Neighbor rescues 2-year-old girl from apartment blaze

A neighbor pulled a 2-year-old girl from a smoke-filled apartment just before flames leapt out the front window Thursday afternoon. Julie Xiong was sleeping on her couch when her 3-year-old son woke her up just after 1 p.m. and told her the apartment was on fire. A toy-filled area next to a computer in a bedroom was on fire and the apartment was quickly filling with smoke, she said. Grabbing her phone and her son, Matthew, Xiong looked for her daughter, who had been next to her on the couch. The smoke was too thick to see or breathe, so she ran from the second-floor apartment, screaming for help.

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