A 4-year-old girl says she alerted her family to a middle-of-the-night fire because a big purple dinosaur told her to.
"Barney says if you smell a fire, you gotta go get your mommy," Danielle Suttle said Tuesday.When Danielle smelled smoke at about 4 a.m. Monday in her Toledo, Ohio, home, she awakened her parents. Fire officials said the child's quick action saved the lives of Danielle, her parents and her 1-year-old brother.
The fire was contained in the kitchen, where it started.
"I think she should be commended for her adult-like actions in an emergency situation," fire department spokesman Paul Mettes said.
Barney, a singing purple dinosaur, preaches wholesome values to children on public television.
"Obviously a story like this really warms our hearts," said Beth Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Lyons Group, the Dallas-based company that created Barney.