Neighbors help rescue family from Minn. fire 09 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A St. Paul family is OK after neighbors helped rescue them from a suspected arson at their duplex.

Authorities say a woman living downstairs went outside to investigate a noise early Thursday and saw the outside stairwell on fire. She began screaming for her daughter’s family living upstairs.

Neighbors heard the woman’s screams and began yelling and throwing rocks at the window to wake the family. The neighbors then pulled out a mattress and caught the 28-year-old daughter’s two children as she threw them out a window.

Firefighters rescued the woman and her boyfriend. The woman slipped on the ladder and hurt her ankle. A firefighter slipped on the roof and had minor injuries.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard tells WCCO-TV it’s unknown if the family was targeted.

Information from: WCCO-TV

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