Fire officials are crediting two teens with helping to save victims of a house fire in Hartford early Wednesday morning.
Flames erupted inside the three-story home at 190-192 Edgewood Street around 2:50 a.m. Everyone made it out safely, thanks to the "heroic actions" of a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, officials said.
According to fire officials, the 17-year-old girl passed her seven brothers and sisters through a first-floor window to safety. The 16-year-old boy led his sister out of the second floor and alerted the third-floor residents to the fire.
A neighbor ran to the house and carried the teens' disabled mother to safety, officials said.
The fire started when a space heater ignited bedding on the first floor, according to the Fire Marshal's Office. It has been ruled accidental.
Smoke alarms recently installed in the home by the Hartford Fire Department initially alerted the first floor residents to the fire, officials said. The Department installed the alarms as part of its Operation Safe Holiday Smoke Alarm Program.
In all, 17 people were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross and the City of Hartford are helping to relocate the families.