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2 people dead, 3 rescued in Aberdeen house fire

2 people dead, 3 rescued in Aberdeen house fire
ABERDEEN, Wash. -- A mother and daughter perished Friday morning house fire in Aberdeen as they were helping elderly parents get ready to move.

The fire chief said the tragedy would have been much worse if it hadn't been for the heroic actions of neighbors.

The fire hIt just after 5 a.m. David and Pat Irwin were trapped inside their home with their 54-year-old daughter, Kristal, and her 26-year-old daughter, Courtney. Another woman managed to get out to the roof.

Neighbor Tim Tetzlaff was first on the scene making his first of three rescues. He caught the woman who had gotten out onto the roof. He and neighbor Mark Hensel then got a ladder to the upper window where the Irwin's were trapped.

"I knocked the rest of the glass out so they could get out. I pulled the lady out first and then I took the guy out second," Tetzlaff said.

But Tetzlaff said the flames were too intense to get to the mother and daughter in the second floor.

"It's sad," he said. "I couldn't get in no where else."

"It's a tragic day in Aberdeen. I'm very impressed with the neighbors. Neighbors helping neighbors," said Aberdeen fire chief Tom Hubbard,

The Irwins were in the process of packing up and getting ready to move to Idaho.

"This is really an added disaster. It's terrible they came in to help these seniors move out and get caught in something like that," Neighbor Bob Neisinger said.

Neighbors say with the whole house being boxed up there's the very real possibility that the stairs were blocked by furniture and boxes making it tough to escape the flames.
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