Round Lake neighbors save mom, baby from fire

May 14, 2012 (ROUND LAKE, Ill.)

The 17-year-old saw a fire across the street from her home and she ran to help. ABC 7's Theresa Gutierrez spoke with the hero teenager and the family she saved.

Saturday night, residents of the Nature's Cove subdivision in Round Lake rescued Rebecca Duffy and her 3-year-old son Nicholas from their burning home.

Duffy says she was in the master bedroom with her son at around 10:30 p.m. when she heard people pounding on the door and was wondering what was going on.

"I peeped out and I saw all these flames, so I grabbed (my son) and ran outside," said Duffy.

The Duffys have lived in Nature's Cove for three years and are grateful to their neighbors.

"The neighbor across the way got a fire extinguisher, and he came over here before the fire department even got here," said Duffy.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie Contreras says she was on the couch, saw a glow, and realized it was a fire. Contreras went outside to the house across the street and started banging on the door to warn her neighbors.

"The lady opens the door where the fire's at, she was holding her baby, and I was like, 'No, no, no, go through the back, the fire's right there.' And I went back and met by her garage," said Contreras.

The fire department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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