MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A Minneapolis family barely escaped a house fire and they owe their lives to a 10-month-old baby. The baby's cries alerted the mom which allowed everyone to get out of the house safely.
On May 9th, Sam Meeks said her daughter Kahlette let out a strange cry that she'd never heard before.
"She barely started crawling like a week ago," Meeks said. "She had crawled into the corner of her bed, sitting up, and her screams were really scratchy, they were really loud."
Hot ashes fell from the ceiling into the baby's crib.
"Everything just started coming down and burning," Meeks said. "Her blanket that was in her bed, her baby. Everything burned."
The young mother got her boyfriend and kids out just in time after realizing there were 12 oxygen tanks in the house. It wasn't long before one of the tanks exploded causing the windows to shatter.
Now, friends and family are helping because Meeks and her family didn't have any insurance and have very little left after the fire. A family friend who has also lived through a fire is collecting donations.
Meeks is now focusing on what can't be replaced.
"If I wouldn't have woken up to her she wouldn't have cried in time, we'd all be dead," she said. "We had an angel, that's for sure."