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November 18, 2015

Woman's home destroyed by blaze in Overbrook

A woman was rescued early Wednesday after a fire broke out in her home in Overbrook, 6ABC reports.

The blaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. inside a two-story twin on the 6100 block of W. Columbia Ave.

Witnesses told 6ABC the fire started in the rear of the home. It quickly spread and caused the roof to collapse.

The woman, who was sleeping at the time of the fire, was reportedly rescued by her nephew. She was not injured.

"I was walking by to get a cigarette from the Chinese store when I saw my aunt's house on fire from the back," he told 6ABC. "I kicked the window in to get her out."

She says an outside grill may have played a role in the blaze.

Two turtles and two cats were rescued from neighboring homes, which were evacuated as a precaution. One other home was damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.