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House fire stopped by Georgetown teen

The East Village was buzzing with fire trucks and emergency vehicles Wednesday after smoke and a D.C. government email alert warned the entire city of a fire emergency in the 2700 block of P Street.

Some neighbors immediately worried about P Street Pictures, where a slow burn is taking place over the misfortunes of a beloved neighborhood business.

But the fire that drew at least seven emergency vehicles including fire trucks, ambulances and police cars was contained after the 14-year-old daughter of Soraya Chemaly and Thomas Jones smelled smoke upon entering the house and called 911.

A fire had started in the basement dryer. Others in the house did not know it. The teenager didn't waste time, calling for help and saving the house from possible immolation.

"No one was hurt," said a D.C. fire fighter curling up a thick fire hose on the scene.

There was plenty of smoke, however, and some water damage.

"We feel lucky," said Chemaly, thankful for her responsible, quick-thinking daughter. "We'll be fine."

Thank goodness for teenagers!