Fire ravages home in Richmond's East End

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  A Richmond mother saves her little boy's life, but their house is in ruins.

Fire swept the home just before noon today, leaving behind heavy damage. This all happened in the 1100 block of Mt. Erin Drive. That's in Richmond's East End.

Investigators don't have a cause tonight, but the fire started in Monica Brown's bedroom where she was sleeping. When she felt the heat of the flames--- she ran out with her son in her arms.

Monica Brown huddled with her 3-year-old son on a cold Richmond street, as she watched firefighters battling to save her house. But fire damaged a good portion of what she called home for the last ten years. Her husband was away at work and she was taking a nap when flames crept toward her bed.

"I felt my feet getting hot and I saw the fire going up the curtain," she said.

Fire officials also credit a smoke alarm for alerting Brown. She grabbed her son and ran out of the house to find help.

"I ran next door and banged on their door," Brown said.

The Red Cross is helping the Browns with a place to stay tonight.

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