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The Waterloo home of the Parrish family on Monday after a Sunday night fire. Sisters  Brittney and Carrie Parrish, who were in the home alone, escaped from the fire. They had escaped a fire at a friend's home the night before.
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The Waterloo home of the Parrish family on Monday after a Sunday night fire. Sisters Brittney and Carrie Parrish, who were in the home alone, escaped from the fire. They had escaped a fire at a friend's home the night before.

Teens survive 2 fires in 2 days

WATERLOO (AP) — Two Waterloo teens who survived a fire at a friend's house were forced to flee their own home a day later when another fire broke out.

Brittney and Carrie Parrish spent Friday night at friend Ashley Sharp's house, only to awaken to smoke and flames about 6 a.m. Saturday.

"There was smoke all in the house," Carrie Parrish said. "I hollered about six times for them to wake up. I finally got them up and things were falling down the roof, crackling and popping."

The three Waterloo High School students, who were alone in the house, managed to escape. But the house was gutted.

"I was just saying on Sunday that I hope we never experience that again," Carrie Parrish said.

But the sisters had to escape a fire at their own home about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The girls were alone in their home, and Carrie Parrish was in the shower when her sister heard smoke detectors go off. The family had bought detectors Saturday after the Sharp's fire.

"I thought it was just a test," Brittney Parrish was quoted. "Then I saw the smoke from the outlets."

She ran to the bathroom and yelled that the house was on fire.

"I thought she was just playing," Carrie Parrish said. "I didn't think it would happen again."

They ran outside while hearing outlets popping and breathing smoke. The teens were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital.

Fire officials said they are still trying to determine what caused the fires.

Waterloo High School students, faculty and staff are pitching in to help both families. The Parrish teens' father, Jeff Parrish, has struggled with Lupus, and Carrie Parrish is recovering from gall bladder surgery two weeks ago.

But the sisters survived back-to-back house fires.

"We're Lucky," Carrie Parrish said.

"Twice," said her sister.

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