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Off-duty firefighters save mother, child from burning home

The firefighters were outside their district looking for a vending machine when they spotted smoke

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Three off-duty NC firefighters who were looking for a vending machine rescued a mother and child from their burning home.

Gaston Fire Department Firefighters Dylan Clark, Pete King and Lt. Eddie Porter were on the lookout for something to drink in a district outside of their department's jurisdiction when they noticed smoke coming from a nearby home, according to WRAL.

The trio had no apparatus or protective gear, but called 911 and ran into the home.

"We all just got out and did what had to be done," Firefighter Clark said.

The three of them ran to the back of the home, Firefighter Clark kicking open the back door.

Crystal Parker and her 2-year-old daughter were able to run out of the house to safety while the firefighters went inside to save the family dog.

"I saw smoke shooting out of the electrical outlet and some coming through the floor," Firefighter Clark said. "I was like, 'We need to get out of here.'"

The television station reports that the mother and daughter had been sleeping when the blaze broke out; they could not get out of the front door and were trying to escape through the back when the firefighters arrived.

"I didn't lose anything," she said. "I got what I needed out of that house, and that was my daughter. If it hadn't been for those guys, then who knows?"

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