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Girl Credited With Leading Brother, Two Sisters To Safety From Fire

September 2, 1987

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ A 6-year-old girl is being credited with leading her older brother and two younger sisters to safety just before their small wood-frame home was engulfed in flames.

″They could have burned up if it were not for the quick action of the 6- year-old and the other children,″ said police Sgt. Willie T. Walker.

Erika was the first to smell smoke in the house. She looked in the bedroom, found the fire and got Eric, 8, and Genvie, 2, out of the house. She carried her 6-month-old sister, Olga, in her arms.

Arson investigators said the blaze, which caused $3,000 damage, began in a sofa that had been exposed to a flame, possibly a match or a cigarette lighter.

Investigators suspected that the children started the fire, but a ruling had not been made Tuesday, investigator Richard Bonnett said.

″They (the children) said they didn’t start the fire,″ he said.

Rosario Morin, 28, told authorities she had left her children at home to go buy groceries for breakfast when the fire broke out. Eric and Erika were not at school Tuesday because their mother was waiting to receive a paycheck so she could buy them clothes, police said.