Nightside Report July 16, 2021: Family says 4-year-old daughter saved them from fire; Detroit and Grosse Pointe residents hit with more flooding, damage to basements

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Southgate family credits 4-year-old daughter with saving them from fire (WDIV)

‘Smoke pouring out of the walls’: Southgate family says 4-year-old daughter saved them from fire

DETROIT – A Southgate couple said their 4-year-old daughter saved them from a fire by waking them up in the middle of the night.

When they parents woke up they saw smoke and realized the house was on fire. They believe if they were asleep for a few more minutes they may not have survived.

Nevah, 4, woke her mother up around 2 a.m. because she likes to sleep with the TV on. That’s when the couple realized their house was on fire.

“It can happen in the blink of an eye. Whole world turned upside down,” Brianna Kelley said. “He turned on the light and saw smoke pouring out of the walls.”

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 897,598; Death toll now at 19,848

Metro Detroit weather: Rain remains Friday evening, sunnier weekend

It still feels and looks like a damp fall day and evening. It will be heavier south and lighter or nonexistent north. Same with tonight as it gets cooler. The weekend become brighter. It will be milder tomorrow, then warmer the day after.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Communities, including parts of Detroit’s east side and Grosse Pointe, were hit hard with flooding three weeks ago. And on Friday, residents were faced with their basements flooding again. Click here to read more.
  • A street in Dearborn Heights was turned into a river filled with floating garbage cans Friday afternoon. Click here to read more.
  • An investigation is underway into a freeway shooting that happened at 7:30 a.m. Friday (July 16) on M-14 in Plymouth Township. Click here to read more.
  • People living in a neighborhood on Detroit’s east side have been dealing with an issue they said needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Click here to read more.

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.