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Women help save couple from house fire in Hermitage

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Two women are being called heroes for helping a Hermitage couple get out of their home after it caught fire Tuesday night.

The women were coming back from the Predators game when they saw the fire on the 4000 block of Baton Rouge Drive.

"We came around the corner and saw that the chimney was on fire, and stopped quickly, pulled over. I got on the phone with 911," said good Samaritan Anna Smith.

A couple was sleeping inside the home and had no idea the house was on fire.

One of the women helped get the couple out of the home while the other woman called 911.

"I rang the doorbell, pounded on the door for a few minutes. Then they came out and I told them that their house was on fire and they needed to get out," said good Samaritan Stephanie Smith.

The woman in the home came out right away, but the man refused to leave before finding his pets.

"We were concerned because the fire was spreading over the roof really quickly, and I was concerned that the roof was going to collapse," Stephanie Smith said.

District Fire Chief Buddy Byers says the couple had been using a wood stove in the basement to heat their home, but it was another decision that could have cost them their lives.

The female resident said they heard the smoke detectors going off but the couple thought they were malfunctioning and never assumed there was actually a fire.

"I took our battery out of our smoke detector because it was beeping. Now I'm freaking out about that. I'm going to call my landlord tomorrow. Keep your smoke detectors! Check your batteries!" Anna Smith said.

The couple, and their pets, all made it out safely, but their rescuers don't want to be called heroes.

"It wasn't anything that we did. We did what anyone else would do," Stephanie Smith said.

The residents managed to salvage a few belongings, but the house will need serious repairs.

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