Family escapes Waterloo mobile home fire

2013-08-30T06:45:00Z 2013-09-17T15:53:21Z Family escapes Waterloo mobile home fireBy JEFF REINITZ; Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa — A Waterloo family escaped their mobile home this morning after it caught fire.

Six people were asleep inside the home on Lehman Circle when they awoke to smoke and flames at about 3:45 a.m.

“We were in the bed sleeping, and when we woke up, I noticed the bed was on fire,” said Tenesha Diekman, 28.

“I woke my mom up, and there was fire everywhere. There was smoke, we started smelling it, and I said ‘mom, mom, get up,” said her daughter, Jazmine Sailor, 12. “We ran to get the other kids.”

Diekman, Sailor, Samantha Brown, 37, and children Keyon Birden, 3; Rayquan Birden, 5; and Kimberly Brown, 11 months, made it out without any injuries.

Family members said they didn’t hear any smoke alarms.

Crews with Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived a short time later and extinguished the blaze.

“We came in, and there was heavy fire and smoke from the back right side,” said Capt. Bill Harter.

The mobile home suffered substantial damage.

“These things go quick,” Harter said. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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