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Akron teacher honored for fire safety lessons that saved student's life

Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 20:16:31-04

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron school, inspired by the lessons a teacher gave to her 6-year-old student that saved her from a house fire, held a fire safety day for all of its students.

In May, a devastating fire spread through a house just a few blocks from the Seiberling Community Learning Center in Akron. One of the people inside the burning home was 6-year-old Zhiouli Wilson, a first grader at Seiberling Community Learning Center.

Zhiouli’s teacher Barb Fisher said the fire safety lessons her class went through two weeks earlier might have saved the little girl’s life.

"We had just done our fire safety not two weeks before that so it was all so fresh in her mind. And the firefighter that rescued her said that she saved herself by what she had learned, what we had taught," Fisher said.

This week, other students were given those fire safety lessons with help from the Akron Fire Department and insurance company The Hartford.

Two mobile safety houses were brought to the school and filled with simulated smoke for students to practice crawling low to escape a house fire.

Fisher hopes the lessons on fire safety make it back into the children's’ homes and their learning continues.

"Please talk about fire safety at home. Please make sure that you have an escape plan. Please make sure that your kids know how to get out," Fisher said.

During the lessons, Fisher was recognized and celebrated for the lessons she taught that Zhiouli used to rescue herself.