Children Save Mother from Burning House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters say a Highland Heights boy and girl saved their mother's life when their house burned early Monday.

Liam Ostendorf is 9 years old and his sister Olivia is 13. They were awake playing video games and watching TV at 3 a.m. when they smelled smoke.

Olivia looked out the window and saw flames, presumably coming from the basement. The two woke their mother and all three got out of the house safely.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports firefighters arrived quickly, but the house already was engulfed in flames.

The Ostendorfs lost everything.

Mother Carla Ostendorf said it was "heartbreaking" to have lost family photos and things her children had made over the years. But she is thankful for her children's quick actions.

Ostendorf said, "They're my little heroes."


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