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Neighbors Brighten Woman's Day After Losing Home to Fire

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PASCO, WA. -- A woman is without her home tonight after a fire started in her kitchen. But the real story is what her neighbors did to help her through this tough day.

Something like this just shows you how fast everything can change. Minnie Ross lost her home Thursday when a fire started in her kitchen. But when we found her, she was laughing and in good spirits, because of what her neighbors were doing to help her. 

Minnie Ross went back inside from her yard to check on a pot of beans. She immediately knew something was wrong. 

"I saw this blaze," Ross said. 

Minnie got out OK though, thanks to the courage of a neighbor. 

"It wasn't until I made my way into the kitchen here," Dakota Case said. "That I could see flames coming down from a heat duct."

"He knocked on the door, and I ran to the door and he said, 'oh miss, smoke is coming out of your house!'" Ross said. 

Dakota case rushed inside and knew they didn't have long to get out.

"At that point in time, I knew what could happen so I was just concerned with getting both of us and the dogs to safety," Dakota said.

Dakota rushed Minnie and her two dogs outside to safety and called 9-1-1.

"He saved my life," Ross said. "He probably saved my house too."

But that wasn't the end of the good deeds in this neighborhood. As soon as Minnie took a seat, neighbors came over to lend a helping hand. 

"My feet were cold, they brought me socks," Ross told us. "They even gave me a coat."

As for Dakota, he doesn't take all the credit for saving Minnie. 

"I don't necessarily feel like I was a hero, I just feel like I was in the right place at the right time," Dakota said. "I feel like it was the right thing to do. I think the heroes are the firemen that take all the risks."

Minnie, who just celebrated her 87th birthday last month, says the next couple months will be tough. But she'll get through it. 

"I'll be okay, I'm a very strong person," Ross said. "I learn to take my ups and my downs whenever they come, one day at a time."

With all this neighborly support, she says she can get through anything. 

Minnie says she hopes to stay at a friend's or family member's place until insurance can hopefully kick in to fix her home. And Dakota says he's thinking of starting a GoFundMe account for Minnie.

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