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Strangers Rescue Woman From Burning NW OKC Home

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A fire at a vacant house in northwest Oklahoma City spread next door to a home where a 65-year-old woman was sleeping. A fire at a vacant house in northwest Oklahoma City spread next door to a home where a 65-year-old woman was sleeping.
Crews also had to battle a grass fire burning behind the two homes. Crews also had to battle a grass fire burning behind the two homes.
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Two naval petty officers help a woman escape her burning home in the 600 block of N.W. 102nd Street.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, the two men looked out their window and saw the vacant house across the street was on fire. Large flames were shooting through the roof and windows.

The flames quickly spread to the house next door, where 65-year-old Janice Justice-Midkiff was sleeping. The two men ran out of their house and began banging on Justice-Midkiff's door and windows. Neighbors said the two men had to drag the confused woman out of the burning house.

"She was kind of dazed, I guess," said Anthony Dowdy, one of the men who dragged Justice-Midkiff out of the house. "She didn't know what was going on, [just that] two guys [were] dragging her out of her house. But when we brought her around the corner and she saw the fire, she kind of came to."

Justice-Midkiff says she's incredibly grateful for the men's heroic actions.

"They were outside and I head them screaming, and I'm so glad I did. And I think them so much, so much."

Neighbors called 911 and firefighters arrived within minutes and began battling the flames.

Justice-Midkiff is okay and did not suffer any injuries. She says she'll be all right because her home was insured. She's now staying with friends.

While fighting the two house fires, firefighters also had to battle a large grass fire in the field right behind the homes. All the fires were doused by 6:30 a.m.

The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating to determine what started the fire.

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