12-Year-Old Gets Brothers, Dog Safely Out Of Burning Home

A 12-year-old Bellevue girl is credited with getting her siblings and the family dog safely out of their burning home Thursday morning.

Firefighters were called to the house near South 23rd Street and Robin Drive just after 8 a.m. The flames started in the laundry room and when Elizabeth Mahan smelled and saw smoke, she got her brothers and the dog out, heading to a neighbor's house to call 911.

"It was really scary because I didn't want my brothers to be stuck in the house."

"She did the textbook perfect thing," said BFD Battalion Chief Joe Gibilisco. "That 12-year-old girl acted better than a lot of adults do." The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"I can't thank her enough for everything she's done,” said Sara Mahan, Elizabeth’s mom. “She's a hero in my book. I can't replace my kids. Those are the only things that matter."

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