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2 boys save girls, selves from blaze

Two fifth-grade boys have been credited with rescuing two other children from a house fire, but they could have ended up victims themselves when, out of curiosity, they re-entered the burning building. Telly Moore, 12, and Roderick Sheffield, 11, said they just wanted to see the fire inside the house Wednesday and used a technique they learned on a field trip to a firehouse to crawl out when they encountered heavy smoke.

"We remembered to stop, drop and roll," Sheffield said. "I wouldn't have gone without training because you might get burned up."

The youngsters were playing basketball with three other boys when they saw smoke coming from the house.

They looked in through windows and saw sisters Annie James, 9, who was asleep on a couch, and Linda James, 11, who was eating a hamburger.

All five boys went into the house and told the older girl that the building was on fire. She ran outside and Moore carried Annie to safety.

Moore and Sheffield had visited the West Pensacola Volunteer Fire

Department last month with their A. A. Dixon Elementary School class for a fire safety program.

"That field trip was really worthwhile," said Principal Charlie Nichols when he received word of the rescue Thursday.

"If they they hadn't gone in, the older girl probably would have panicked and run out, and the other one could have died," Fire Chief Rudy Polise said.

Although the boys remembered the "stop, drop and roll" lesson, they apparently forgot another part of the safety class.

Children also are taught that once they are out of a burning building to stay out, Polise said.