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Fort Bragg Soldier Rescues Neighbor's Girl From Burning House

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FORT BRAGG — A Fort Bragg soldier is being hailed as a hero.

Late Thursday night, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Ballew heard a commotion outside of his CalamarDrive home. He went outsideand saw his neighbor's house on fire. A 5-year-old girl was still inside.

He tired to get to her from the front door, but the smoke was too intense. He crawledon the floor until he could hearher scream and realized that she was in the garage. He rescued her through the garagedoor.

"Anyone would have done it," he said. "I've got two little girls myself, and if that happened to my little girl, I hopesomeone would come to the rescue, if you want to call it that."

The girl is in stable condition atNorthCarolina Jaycee Burn Center. She suffered second-degreeburns on her face, arm and leg.


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