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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Babysitter saves seven kids before van erupts in flames

Dec 09, 2013

SIOUX CENTER (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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