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North Liberty woman thanking good Samaritan for saving family from burning home

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A North Liberty woman contacted KWWL wanting to say thank you to whoever knocked on her door Sunday morning.

She says the knock saved her family's life from their burning home.

“He was pounding on our door and ringing our doorbell and throwing rocks at our window to try to get us awake,” said Emily Haworth.

Haworth says with every knock, she became more and more curious who  was knocking and why.

She answered the door.

“He yelled, 'your house is on fire,”' said Haworth.

Her initial curiosity turned into quick action. She yelled for her husband who was upstairs with her 8-month old daughter Zoey.

“...and he came downstairs with our daughter handed her to me, and we got out of the house and went to our neighbors,” she said

Haworth says a man passing by her North Liberty townhouse on a bicycle saw what was happening and jumped into action.

“Amazing how fast somebody I don't know, I don't know his name came to my rescue. I'm glad it isn't worse,” she said.

North Liberty Fire crews say there were working smoke detectors, but because the fire somehow started outside – they obviously didn't go off.

The original 911 call came in as a charcoal grill caught the house on fire, but the North Liberty assistant fire chief tells KWWL the grill was not the cause.

Haworth says she has no idea who the man was or even where he lives, but she says “Thank you for saving my daughter's life and mine and my husband's. I would just tell him thank you and I owe him a really big steak. Whatever he wants, he can have it.”

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