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Woman says doorbell saved her from fire

November 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A North Carolina woman said her doorbell saved her family, because a fire gutted her home just minutes after several anonymous rings.The woman said her doorbell started ringing at 1:30 a.m. at her Fayetteville home.

She thought it was a case of ding-dong ditch.

"My doorbell started ringing, and I came to the door. There was nobody at the door. I went back in the house. Got 10 to 20 feet and the doorbell started ringing again. I came back to the door, nobody at the door. I stepped outside and looked for who was ringing the doorbell, but then when I walked back inside, I smelled smoke," said Sharon Mardis.

Mardis got her kids and pet out just in time. The roof ended up caving in.

Firefighters suspect the fire melted the doorbell's wires, causing it to ring.