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BC heroes save family

A couple of B.C. brothers are being hailed as heroes Tuesday after they saved their brother and grandmother from a burning house.

The incident happened in Victoria and more than two dozen firefighters battled the blaze at a heritage home on McClure Street, Tuesday.

Finn Parker, 13, says he was upstairs watching TV when he heard his 16-year-old brother Sampson yelling "fire."

One brother grabbed the fire extinguisher and took matters into his own hands. When that didn't work he grabbed his little brother and fled the fire.

“I saw him in the living room and the curtains were on fire. The first thing was I grabbed him, brought him to the backyard and I just told everyone to get out of the house,” Sampson told CTV News.

Finn ran downstairs to notify their tenants of the fire.

“As long as everyone was not hurt I felt semi-calm and it was OK,” Finn said.

Neighbours report the flames spread in a matter of minutes. and the home is now considered a complete write-off.

“Because of the construction of the building, it’s a balloon type construction, there are no fire stops so the fire would’ve spread right to the roof quite rapidly,” Paul Bruce said.

The cause is under investigation, but the family believes it may have been caused by a 40-year-old lamp in the front room.

“Out in the front there was a couch and it was just completely on fire, all that was left was a bit of the frame and just a small amount of the cushion left,” Finn said.

The boys say they have lived in the 110-year-old house their entire lives.

“We’re all just staring up at our house which is all almost black instead of its gross yellow now,” Finn said.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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