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7:29 AM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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A cleaning crew boarded up windows of the home on Audubon Dr. after fire broke out. Photo by: Julie Wolfe

ATLANTA -- Lily Massey looked dazed as she stood outside her Aududon Drive NE Atlanta Monday night. "This is the house I grew up in, and now it's just gone," she said. 

Her quick thinking helped her family escaped the fire that gutted their brick home. Around 11 p.m., she smelled smoke. She ran to wake her father, John Masey, because she thought he'd be able to put the fire out. 

"I didn't realize how bad it was," he told 11Alive News. When he reached the back room, it was engulfed in flames. The smoke alarms were going off by that time, and the family of three escaped unharmed.

They think the fire somehow started in the attic. DeKalb County Fire investigators say they're still looking into the cause. At 4 a.m., a fire crew returned to the scene to check for hot spots, but didn't find any. Cleanup crews boarded up windows and started drying out the home. The family said they'd spend the night in a hotel. 

"Everyone's safe," John Massey repeated more than once.

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