Neighbors Come to Family's Aid in Burke Fire

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012  |  Updated 6:38 PM EDT
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Neighbors are coming to the aid of a Burke, Va., family on Thanksgiving after their house was destroyed by fire. News4's Adam Tuss reports.

Adam Tuss

Neighbors are coming to the aid of a Burke, Va., family on Thanksgiving after their house was destroyed by fire. News4's Adam Tuss reports.

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A family has neighbors to be thankful for after surviving a two-alarm fire in Burke, Va., with their help Wednesday night.

Neighbors called 911 after 9:30 p.m. to report the fire in the 9900 block of Manet Road. About 70 firefighters responded within minutes.

About 10 minutes earlier, homeowner Michael Cherubin had left the home to take his son Joseph to a party, News4's Adam Tuss reported. They returned to the home immediately, and Joseph entered the burning home to save the family pets. His father tried to follow to pull Joseph out, but neighbors held him back.

Joseph saved the cat, and the dog got out on its own.

The mother and father were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, and the two sons were sent to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for smoke inhalation, Burke Patch reported.

Thursday, neighbors pitched in again, bringing the family a Thanksgiving meal, Tuss reported.

The fire apparently started in the garage and spread to the second floor of the home.

The cause is under investigation.

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