TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) -– A Good Samaritan who happened to be jogging through a Tigard neighborhood early Friday morning alerted a family that their home was on fire, and even tried to douse out the flames with a hose before crews arrived on scene.
The blaze broke out before 5:40 a.m. in the 11000 block of Southwest Morning Hill Drive. According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, it was contained to the attic of the single-story home. Four people got out safely and there were no injuries.
Teen LaDaiju Reese told KOIN that she was babysitting her siblings while her mother is out of town when she suddenly heard someone knocking on the front door.
"At first I thought someone was trying to break into our house, probably… because who tries to bang on your door at 5 o'clock in the morning?" Reese asked.
When Reese didn't open the door, the jogger ran into the backyard and grabbed a hose.
"He started spraying the back down, and after a while… I went back there myself and (saw) there were flames in the attic," Reese said.
At that point, Reese got her siblings out and called 911.
The Good Samaritan's identity was not confirmed.
"Honestly, we'd probably be dead right now if you didn't come and knock on our door," Reese said. "Thank you, whoever you are."
Firefighters said the house will be uninhabitable because portion of the roof collapsed.
The cause is under investigation. A financial estimate of the damage was not confirmed.
-- Brent Weisberg and Faris Tanyos contributed to this report.
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