(08/20/12) - A Saginaw County family escaped a house fire, and a 2-year-old child who woke up in the middle of the night may have prevented a worse tragedy.
The house on South Merrill Road in Marion Township in southwestern Saginaw County started on fire close to 3:30 Monday morning.
Inside another part of the house, four people, who were already up because a 2 year old was having trouble sleeping.
The fire started in the north part of the home, while Susan Felton, her husband, their son, and grandson were in the east part of the house. It's the garage, but they also use it as a second living room.
"The little one here was woke up and was wide awake, so we were up playing cards and stuff in the garage. The boys were playing," Felton said.
A short time later, "We heard this loud noise, went out to check on it, seen a glow, and went over there, and flames were coming out of the window and stuff, out of that side of the house," Felton said. "I just hurried got back in, called 911, got the kids in the car, and the cats, pulled out of the way."
Fire crews battled the flames for about 3.5 hours.
While the home was badly damaged, the living area the family was in was saved from the flames.
"Luckily they were able to get the garage from catching fire," Felton said.
Most people don't like to be awake at 3 in the morning, but Susan Felton didn't mind this time.
"Glad he woke up and we stayed out there, because if we had been sleeping, don't know what would have happened," she said.
Fire investigators are trying to determine what started the fire.
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