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Woman saves son, grandchildren in Bridgeport Township house fire

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A mother rescued her son and two grandchildren from their burning home.

Just a week earlier, Theresa Nicholson said she heard her smoke detectors beeping, and she said that reminder is why she, her disabled son and her two grandchildren are alive today.

A few extra seconds could be the difference of life and death when escaping from a burning home.

Nicholson said spending a few extra dollars on her smoke detectors the week before is what gave her family the extra seconds they needed to live another day.

"Wow... if we were in a different part of the house, if we weren't so close to the front door, would we have made it out? I don't know," Nicholson said.

Last week, Nicholson’s husband changed the batteries in a smoke detector near the back of her home, in the exact location of where a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

She said it gave them enough warning and time to get out safely.

"I wouldn't have noticed," Nicholson said. "I really wouldn't have went back there and noticed anything. It was the smoke detectors that actually caught my attention."

With a few extra seconds warning – and not a second more to spare – Nicholson grabbed her two 4-year-old grandchildren and at the same time tried to help her handicapped son escape the flames rushing up from behind.

"I'm trying to tell my son, hurry up, hurry up the house is on fire. Get out, get out," Nicholson said. "He doesn't walk, he's trying to scoot to the door."

Nicholson was featured in a Rescue Squad story in July. Her son’s wheelchair was stolen from outside her Bridgeport Township home, and a new one was donated by a good Samaritan. Unfortunately she was unable to get it out in time.

"He's trying to run around and help me, I'm running around trying to get his wheelchair was and get him off the porch into the chair," Nicholson said.

Despite losing everything they own, Nicholson said her family was able to keep what’s important: each other.

"It's hard because we're sitting here with nothing. But we have each other," Nicholson said.

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