Newborn baby and family escape fire thanks to neighbor

- A Bay Area family is lucky this morning. Two days after welcoming their newborn baby boy into their St. Petersburg home a fire broke out in the back patio.

A neighbor saw the flames, called 9-1-1, and rushed to the house to wake up the people inside.

When fire crews arrived they saw a small blaze, but quickly realized the source was behind the wall. Crews used a sledgehammer to stop the fire from spreading into the home.

Meanwhile, Mark Kaigler - who was getting sum much-needed sleep with his two-day-old son - snapped into action and got his stepdaughter and baby boy out of the house. 

Kaigler told FOX 13, “I just thank the Lord that we made it out of there. Because we could’ve been burnt up, and didn’t even know it.”

Thankfully, no one was hurt. Kaigler's girlfriend, the mother of the newborn, was not at home at the time of the fire. When Kaigler spoke with FOX 13, he said she still has no idea what happened. 

The home sustained damage, but because of the quick action of a neighbor, this family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation but crews tell us it appears to be electrical.


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