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Babysitter Saves 7 Kids Before Van Bursts into Flames

Updated: 12/09/2013 5:31 PM
Created: 12/09/2013 9:27 AM KSTP.com

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa baby sitter has saved seven children from a van that erupted into flames.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday about six miles southwest of Sioux Center.

Thirty-six-year-old Tara Dekkers was driving the 15-passenger van when she heard a sound like a backfire. She soon pulled over the van when it filled with smoke.

Dekkers quickly unloaded the children, who ranged in age from 1 to 7, before the van was engulfed. No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff's Office says a mechanical failure caused the fire.

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12/9/2013 8:07:09 AM (GMT -6:00)

Sioux County Sheriff's Office