Fire drill helps Alexandria girl, 5, save family from fire

WASHINGTON — A 5-year old Alexandria girl got a hero’s welcome after helping save her family from a fire in their home in the middle of the night.

The fire happened a few weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday, but Gabby Mushahwar’s lifesaving efforts were recognized on Monday– “Gabby’s Day” —  by firefighters at Reagan National Airport at fire station 301.

The fire had happened in the middle of the night.  When Gabby heard the smoke detector go off she rolled out of bed and crawled to her parent’s bedroom.  Then she calmly begin instructing them how to get low and crawl and to check the doors to see if they were hot as she lead them safely out of their home and to their designated meeting place outside.

“We were so thankful that she knew what to do,”  mom Amy Mushahwar tells Fox 5.

Mushahwar says her daughter learned what to do from going through a fire safety training obstacle course offered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments during the Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull in September.

“We instantly knew that she got it from this exercise,”  she said. The exercise was the fire safety training obstacle course which is called “Plan Your Great Escape.”   Her mother, turning to the five-year-old during the interview, is clearly proud of her daughter, and very grateful. “You did a good job baby girl.”

 WTOP’s Kathy Stewart contributed to this report

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