2 girls hailed as heroes after saving 6 others from Middletown fire

A fire broke out in Middleton Township leaving one person injured, three people displaced and one house destroyed.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2023, 1:30 PM

Updated 520 days ago


Two girls are being called heroes for helping six others escape a fire in Middleton Township early Thursday morning.
A fire broke out on Ideal Avenue - leaving one person injured, three people displaced and one house destroyed.
Flames damaged a second home in the front of the property. In each home, the quick actions of the girls helped wake up their respective families and get them out safely.
Gianna Santilli helped her mom escape the burning home.
“I woke up, started hearing the fire alarms, and I guess my mom didn't hear it - so what I did was I scream for her to get out of the house. She got up from the bedroom, and we got out,” Santilli said.
Ja’mera Carter’s family lives in front of the house on Ideal Avenue that caught on fire.
Carter, 11, happened to be inside her house and says she looked out the window and saw the flames at her neighbor’s house. She helped save her family.
“I looked at the window and there was this big - it was a big fire - so I ran down the stairs to go get my parents because I didn't know what to do at the time. So I went to go get them and then I woke up my siblings,” Carter said.
Carter had a message for the firefighters and said, "Thank you for putting out the fire because our house would have burned down, too.”
Gianna's mom Andrea suffered a burned arm but was otherwise OK, News 12 is told. Everyone in the second home was unharmed and allowed back inside, News 12 was told.
Donations for the Santilli family can be sent to Middleton Social Services and the East Keansburg Fire Company.

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