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MERIDIAN -- Firefighters were able to save a burning home near Ustick and Linder roads early Tuesday morning.

They also say some quick thinking on behalf of several neighbors may have prevented the fire from spreading to other homes, or even taking a life.

Deputy Chief Perry Palmer says three engines and a ladder truck responded to a report of a house on fire on the 2200 block Andrew Creek Drive around 5 a.m.

Palmer says what he found was group of neighbors battling a small house fire with garden hoses.

Neighbors also told him they'd woken up three older people who lived in the home, and then helped them to get out of the home safely.

Tara Skeesuck says she saw the glow from the fire, then rushed out with her husband to pound on the door of the burning home. Not what I was expecting -- definitely not a way to wake up, Skeesuck told KTVB. But I was glad I did what I did.

Once on scene, firefighters fought the fire for about three hours. Palmer says that's because flames had spread to the home's attic, causing about $35,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Palmer praised the efforts of Skeesuck and others who helped fight the flames before firefighters arrived.

They were able to deal with the fire where they could, Palmer explained, saying that neighbors armed with garden houses did help the flames from spreading to a nearby house, which unfortunately suffered some blistering and a damage to a lawnmower.

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