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Elgin mom says 3-year-old alerted her to house fire before escape

ELGIN — A woman says she and her daughter escaped a house fire in suburban Chicago after being alerted to it by her 3-year-old.

Fire officials say they responded to the blaze at a home in Elgin on Wednesday morning. Officials say the woman told them that she and her daughter climbed through a first-floor window shortly before firefighters arrived. They got the fire under control in about 10 minutes.

According to officials, the fire was found in a bedroom, but there was extensive smoke damage on the home's first floor. Damages were estimated around $15,000, and the Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay during repairs.

The mother and daughter were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. The fire's cause is under investigation.

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