This time of the year, it seems more sad stories are appearing then happy ones. Well this is both.....
An 11-year-old girl is being credited with saving her family from a huge fire in the northwest Calgary community of Citadel early Saturday.
The fire gutted five houses and damaged two others before firefighters could contain the blaze. Blizzard conditions made it difficult to fight the flames.
Kim Stobbe lived with her parents and daughter in one of the homes that was destroyed.
She said her daughter woke everyone up when she saw a strange light outside, which turned out to be a fire at the house next door.
"It's scary, like, I'm just happy we got out," she said.
"It's amazing that Carlie woke up and that we actually got out in time, 'cause the flames were by the front door so it's amazing that we were able to get down the stairs and not have to, like, be climbing out of windows upstairs or anything like that. It just happened fast."
Stobbe said if Carlie had woken up just a few minutes later, they might not have made it out alive.
"I think either I just woke up or an angel woke me up. I don't know what would have happened if I didn't wake up," Carlie said.
Family overwhelmed by outpouring of support
The whole family fled the house as their garage went up in flames.
"If it hadn't been for her we would've slept through it," said Jack Prestage, Carlie's grandfather.
"I mean, we wouldn't have woke up. Next thing you know, the house would have been on fire and would have probably overcome us."
Prestage said they lost everything in the fire, but they're just glad to be alive.
His wife, Lynn, said the family has been flooded with offers of help and donations.
"What we can't get over is the support from people," she said.
"We can't get over the phone calls and the love that we've got. Friends and family [are] just unbelievable. That's what makes a difference."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Bravo to her!!!!