Evans girl being called hero after saving family from fire

August 6, 2011

EVANS, Ga. -- Angela Buegel heard a loud noise early Friday morning, so she went downstairs to check it out and realized it was coming from the garage.

That's when Angela saw flames and smoke in the garage and alerted her family.

Angela's father, Joshua Smith, said no one heard smoke detectors nor smelled the smoke in their home on Rhett Drive.

"They say if she'd hadn't come gotten us when she did, we may not be here talking about it now," he said.

Angela's mother, Sharonda Smith, said her daughter went above and beyond.

"She kept it together which kept us calm about and, you know, we all got out of there, thank God," she said.

Now, Angela is being hailed as a hero, although she doesn't agree with the title.

"I don't think so, I mean I just did what I had to do," she said.

Meanwhile, the family is surveying the damage and is spending the weekend sorting through what's left.

"Having to go purchase things, from the smallest things like having to purchase a toothbrush to a pair of shoes," Sharonda Smith said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire, but as for the family, their next step is to rebuild.

"God's going to do everything for us, and we're going to have everything we need," Joshua Smith said.

Despite the tough situation, Mr. Smith is still able to crack a joke.

"If anyone's interested in a house with a sunroof, we got one," he said.

As for Angela, she heads back to the new school year with new challenges but with renewed hope.

The family says the cause of the fire has still not been pinpointed, but that it may have been electrical. They are now staying with family members.


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