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Dauphin Co. family saved from burning home thanks to 11-year-old - abc27 WHTM

Dauphin Co. family saved from burning home thanks to 11-year-old

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) - Gabriel Lerch, 11, woke up in the middle of the night to a strange noise.

"There was a lot of thick smoke coming in and I heard the window crack and I just saw a little fire coming up the side the house and I was really scared," said Gabriel.

He ran to wake up his parents, who credit him with saving their lives. "We have probably not gotten out if it was not for him telling us," said Gabriel's mother, Jennifer Miller.

Their grill is now charred and the kitchen sits in pieces. But this family feels fortunate as those items can be replaced. 

"I am thankful, I am really thankful that he knew what to do," said Jennifer. "It could have been a lot worse. We are lucky to be alive. We don't have anything left... but at least we came out with our lives."

The family of six lost everything in the fire. Friends of the family have set up a donation site. Click here for details.

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