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Natick woman rescues teenager in burning apartment

A woman pulled to safety a 15-year-old girl whose apartment was on fire Thursday night, the Natick Fire Department said .

When firefighters arrived at a Franklin Street apartment building around 6:45 p.m., heavy fire was seen coming from the second-floor apartment and onto the wooden fire escape, said Fire Chief James Sheridan.

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“A resident from the first floor heard a pounding on the floor from above,” said Sheridan. The woman then heard a smoke detector and went upstairs, where she saw smoke coming from around the door.

When the neighbor heard the girl screaming, she managed to push open the door and found the girl lying on the floor.

“She made out the silhouette of her foot and grabbed her,” Sheridan said. “She then pulled the girl away from the fire area.”

Sheridan said the girl suffered from smoke inhalation but was not burned. The neighbor was not injured.

The other units in the building were not damaged and residents of those homes were allowed to return, Sheridan said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.
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