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Child with matches starts Nashville house fire

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An East Nashville home was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon after a child apparently was playing with matches under a bed.

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of Lethia Drive, and crews were able to contain much of the fire to the first floor of the home.

The family said a 4-year-old boy got matches from the top of the fridge and accidentally set a mattress on fire.

When the smoke alarms went off, the mother called 911 while the boy's 7-year-old brother ran to a neighbor's house for help.

"I learned in school that if there's a fire in your house and there's a phone trapped inside, then go to a neighbor's house and knock on their door and say, 'can I use your phone?' And then use it to call 911," brother Jacob Morgan said.

The family all got out of the house safely, but the structure was badly damaged.

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