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Grandfather saves children from fire

COVINGTON - The quick actions of a grandfather saved the lives of his two grandchildren Friday afternoon when fire broke out at a residence at 4125 Carroll St., according to the Covington Fire Department.

Capt. Rob Christopher said the call came in about 2 p.m. that the house was on fire. He said it began in a front bedroom and because response time was less than three minutes, firefighters were able to contain the blaze there and to an adjacent room.

At home were the grandparents, a 5-year-old and a 5-month-old baby.

Christopher said the 5-year-old grandchild informed the grandfather of the fire.

"He removed the 5-year-old and the went back in the house and got the infant," Christopher said. "He sustained minor burns to his hands, but due to his quick actions, he saved the lives of those two children."

Christopher said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

After the children were safely out of the burning house, exposure to the cold weather became a concern.

"Covington Manor (nursing home) was gracious enough to allow the family members to stay at their facility during this time," Christopher said. "The Red Cross is on the way to assess damage and assist the family with lodging. The residence is not livable."

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.