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High school basketball team saves family from house fire

Team called 9-1-1 before you the inside of the house.

A group of high school basketball players are hailed as heroes for their efforts to save a family from a house fire in Texas on Saturday.

Drew this gerald and other teammates from JJ Pearce High School in the Dallas suburb of Richardson were on their way home from a playoff win when they spotted flames coming from a house in North Dallas and decided to check it out.

“The whole road was covered in smoke, you could barely see what was in front of me, we knew that something was bad and we could see orange flickering of what seemed to be the house,” this gerald told FOX 4 News.

After calling 911, the teenagers, the leadership in the house waking up the family and help them out.

Bryce Johnson and Drew this gerald describe how they helped rescue a family from a burning house in the North of Dallas.

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When they for the first time in the house, this gerald told FOX 4 and the smoke was already thick and hard to see.

“I think they are heroes, and I think they are great, and we are very grateful for them because they are courageous for doing the right things, responsible young men.”

– Jillian Britton

“I banged on the door and I think I woke the mother up and grabbed one of the children there, because he was kind of close to the entrance,” he said. “I grabbed him and said: ‘is anyone else in the house?’ and I started screaming from the inside.”

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Dallas Fire-Rescue told the tv station the couple inside, their two sons, and pets were all able to get out safely. Fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental and was ignited by a short circuit in the attic.

A group of basketball players from JJ Pearce high School are hailed as heroes for their efforts to save a family from a house fire.

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The family, who do not want to speak on camera after being shaken by the fire, told FOX 4 they were not fully woken up by the alarm, and were grateful to the teens for saving their lives.

“I think they are heroes, and I think they are great, and we are very grateful for them because they are courageous for doing the right things, responsible young men. Proud of them,” neighbor Jillian Bert told FOX 4.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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