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December 23rd, 2008 by Temple City Tribune
On November 21, 2008 at approximately 5 a.m. the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department responded to a residential structure fire on Broadway Ave in Temple City. The family was safely evacuated from the house due to the heroic efforts of their 6 year old daughter, Emma Ortiz.
Emma woke up at 5 a.m. to use the restroom and to see if she can help her mom feed her baby sister. Her mom told her she didn’t need any help and that she should go back to bed. While walking back to her bedroom, Emma smelled smoke inside of the house. She immediately ran to her dad and told him that she smelled smoke. He walked to the kitchen and opened the door and saw fire. He told Emma to go to her mom and to tell her to get out of the house. Emma, her mom and baby sister all ran out of the house and went to grandma’s house and called 911. Dad ran outside and grabbed the garden hose and tried to extinguish the fire until the Fire Department arrived.
If it were not for the heroic efforts of Emma, the end results may have been catastrophic.