Family says stranger saved them from Spencer fire

Firefighters are investigating a blaze that destroyed a barn on Tuesday.

Firefighters say the blaze, which spread to a home, is considered a suspicious blaze. 

Chantelle Ricard’s mom and 2-year-old daughter were asleep inside on Tuesday afternoon when a stranger barged into their house to tell them their home was on fire. Nobody inside the home knew it had caught fire. 

"All the sudden, I heard someone run into my house telling us to ‘get out of the house, get out of the house,’" said Ricard. 

Ricard said she grabbed her young daughter and mother and fled the home. 

"We ran out and just saw the whole garage up in flames," Ricard said. 

A family of five lived on the floor floor and a family of six lived on the second floor. No residents were injured. 

Spencer Fire Chief Robert Parsons said the barn was already "fully-involved" when firefighters arrived. 

"Our main focus was to try to save the house," said Fire Chief Robert Parsons. 

Ricard said she was grateful to stranger whom she said saved their lives.

"Thank God, she stopped because we would have never known," Ricard said.

One firefighter suffered burns on his face. 

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