Firefighters Called to 3rd Avenue South

A fire Thursday did major damage to the home of a Meridian family. It happened about 11:30 a.m. at a house on 3rd Avenue South.

When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were showing. It took them several minutes to extinguish the fire.

One man was at home at the time of the fire, but he managed to escape unharmed.

"Something just told me to get up and run out the house," said occupant Gregory Dean. "And when I ran out from the crib, I saw my mama's window open and saw smoking coming up. So I ran across the street to call the fire truck, but it wouldn't go through. So I ran to my auntie's house to tell them to call the fire truck."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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