LA VERGNE, Tenn. - A Tennessee family is out of their home but alive, thanks to the crying of an educational baby doll who helped them escape a raging house fire.
The family was asleep when the blaze broke out in the laundry room of their LaVergne, Tennessee home. They were awakened by the cries of the doll, who was brought home by a 17-year-old resident of the home as part of a family ed class at school.
The doll lesson plan is designed to illustrate the pressures and responsibilities of parenthood to young teens. Each doll cries and responds with randomly programmed patterns, and the family is fortunate that this one was a major crier.
Smoke detectors in the home failed but the doll kept crying, loud enough to wake the teen who then saved her parents and the family pet.
The home was destroyed, but the local Fire Marshall says without the crying doll, the outcome would likely have been much worse.
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