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Published July 06, 2011, 07:01 PM

Moorhead man saves family from fire

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A North Moorhead man says he and his four children are alive tonight, because of smoke detectors that all went off in his home, as fire swept through the house, destroying everything.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A North Moorhead man says he and his four children are alive tonight, because of smoke detectors that all went off in his home, as fire swept through the house, destroying everything.

And as WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, the children likely "all survived," because they were "NOT" in their bedrooms.

Ben Sorenson brought his sons Seth and Zach Sorenson to summer school today at Robert Asp. It has been a long night for the little guys. They along with two of their siblings escaped a raging fire.

Ben Sorenson – Family Escaped Fire: “That is the life saver right there.”

Ben and his four children had just returned from 4th of July camping. Too tired to go to their beds upstairs, all the kids slept in their father's room.

Ben: “If they had been upstairs they would have been dead, if they had been anywhere else but with me I would not have been able to reach them.”

It was the smoke alarms that all sounded alerting the family that fire was quickly moving through the main level of their home.

Ben: “We were all on this bed and we tossed them out the window.”

It would not be until this morning that one of Ben's little boys said he had gone into the living room turning on a lamp with no shade looking for a blanket.

Ben: “He said he turned it off but he set it down next to the couch and it must have tipped over on the couch, just a push button you slide back and forth.”

Lost in the fire, the family golden retriever, Brittney. All the children's clothes, books, picture albums lost. But for Ben, it is all perspective.

Ben: “I would not be here today and my kids would not be here today if it were not for my smoke alarms, 80 bucks. The best 80 bucks I have ever spent in my life.”

A story that was just moments away from having a much different ending.

Ben: “My kids are my world without them I have no reason to get up in the morning.”

The family lost virtually everything. Donations are being accepted at Cornerstone CoffeeHouse in downtown Fargo, and a fund is being set up at Gate City Bank.

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