7-year-old girl helps spot fire in West Bend

Posted at 10:06 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 10:24:33-05

A young hero with a good eye helped the West Bend Fire Department spot flames. 7-year-old Serenity Sunde saw a roof fire at a car wash under renovation on Washington Street Monday afternoon.

"All big fires start small, and this could have been a tragedy and she saved it," West Bend Battalion Chief Jeff Gustafson said.

The second grader said she saw something red when she was in the car with her uncle. 

"She's like 'that building's on fire' and I look over and sure enough that building's on fire," Uncle Tyrel Steines said.

Serenity said she was in tears by the time they pulled up to the building.

"It could be dangerous," Serenity Sunde said.

Her uncle helped put out the blaze while the young hero stood by.  Workers were inside at the time and didn't know the roof was on fire until the two showed up.

"I was amazed that she was able to recognize an emergency situation and tell an adult," Aunt Rebecca Steines said.

Thanks to Serenity's keen eye, the fire was caught early and never got out of control.  It was out by the time the fire department arrived.

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