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‘It was the only way to go,’ Neighbors rescue girl who jumped from burning Germantown home

GERMANTOWN — A woman jumped into the arms of a neighbor and semi driver to escape flames that destroyed a Germantown home Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported at a house in the 1200 block of Kern Drive around 10:30 a.m.

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“That girl popped her head out of the second story window,” said Aaron Jones, who lives down the street from the Kern Drive home. “It was the only way to go, out that window.”

Jones was on his way to work when he spotted the fire and did a U-turn to go back to the house to see if everyone made it out.

Jones said he felt he and the semi driver were in the right place at the right time to rescue the woman. She told him she was worried about some cats that were in the house.

“I don’t think if we wouldn’t have been there that she would have got out,” Jones said. “She was covered in soot.  Her whole face was black.”

Firefighters said the girl was asleep and the only person at the house when it caught fire.

“She jumped out the second story window directly above the driveway,” said Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred.

Alldred said windy conditions helped fuel the fire, which left the home beyond repair.

Alldred said fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were coming to the home to help the fire department determine what happened.

The girl was taken to a local hospital to be treated as a precaution, Alldred said.

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