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Teen sisters help disabled neighbor's dogs after smoke filled apartment

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The teen sisters with Jinxy and Daisy. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) The teen sisters with Jinxy and Daisy. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Michelle with the teen sisters with Jinxy and Daisy. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Michelle with the teen sisters with Jinxy and Daisy. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The burned out burner on the stove. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) The burned out burner on the stove. (Oct. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Three Greenville teens jumped into action when they went to help a disabled neighbor and discovered her apartment filled with smoke and her dogs scared.

Playing with their neighbor's service dog Jinxy and Pug Daisy is something the three sisters do every day. But on Monday night when they went downstairs to take out their neighbor Michelle Strickland's trash as they normally do, they heard the smoke detector going off. 

As they got closer to the apartment, they could hear the alarm and see smoke. Onashea Sumter, 14, sprang into action, grabbing a burning pot she saw on the stove with her bare hands. Onashea's twin sister Zanaja went to search for Strickland's dogs in the smoke-filled apartment.

"Jinxy was running around when I came to take them outside, and Daisy was hiding," Zanaja said. "I had to find her, and I found her under the chair in the living room, so I took both of them outside."

The twins' older sister Quaterria Holmes followed behind, opening windows and looking for their neighbor, who wasn't inside.

"I walked in my house and I was like what in the world just happened here?" Strickland said.

Strickland said she had stepped out to a neighbor's, leaving water and mint in a pot on the stove on the low setting. Strickland said something malfunctioned in the stove, causing the burner to turn red and melt the pot and burner, though it did not catch fire.

"She was very grateful that we saved her dogs, knowing that her dogs are her life, knowing they're her protectors, she wouldn't live without them," Quaterria said.

Strickland said she owes the girls, and her dogs love them more than ever.

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