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Spokane firefighters rescue man from basement of burning home

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the house fire on West Heroy that happened shortly after noon.

“Overwhelmed. Disbelief,” says Sandra Nickerson about the fire.

Sandra Nickerson and her family lived here. But in just a few minutes, that all changed.

“I was asleep in the basement and woken up by somebody throwing a pole through my basement window telling me the house was on fire,” says Daniel Nickerson, Sandra’s nephew.

Daniel couldn’t get out of the basement.

“I've never had my life in danger before,” he says.

The firefighters cut a hole around the window and pulled him out of the basement to safety.

Sandra was next door when she saw the flames erupt from the side of her house. She says she heard a pop before all that happened. She says some firemen helped her save a few precious photos. She lost her husband recently.

“The firemen were able to save a couple pictures of my late husband's grandparents and his uncle but as far as I know I lost everything, all my pictures and stuff of my husband,” she says.

Though she's still shaking from what happened, she's especially grateful to the firefighters and the neighbors.

“It’s unbelievable when it happens to you. I just can't say enough to thank everybody for their help,” she says.

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