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Family says 9-year-old called 911 to deadly Downtown Pensacola house fire, saving siblings

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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- WEAR News has learned Friday night that the actions of a 9-year-old girl likely saved two of her siblings' lives when a fire broke out at a home in Downtown Pensacola.

The 9-year-old's grandfather says her name is Journey Barsh, and she called 911 when she saw the flames.

"I'm sad and I'm mad too," Joseph Lister, grandfather said. "I want to know what the hell happened."

Family members leaned on each other after the fire broke out at the home on the 700 block of Zarragossa Street.

Lister rushed home when he heard the tragic news.

When Pensacola Police arrived, officers broke a window to try to save the trapped kids.

Officers found one child near the doorway, and two others inside.

Two were rushed to the hospital to be treated.

A third child inside, who Lister says is his 1-year-old granddaughter, Nova Lynn Barsh, died.

It was a risky rescue that left two firefighters hurt.

"There were flames and fire when crews got here," Ginny Cranor, Pensacola Fire Chief said. "Two firefighters received some burns during the rescue."

Lister says his 9-year-old granddaughter was with her parents in the main house when she called 911.

His two grandsons, just two and three years old, are being treated for injuries.

The firefighters who were hurt are expected to be okay.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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