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Teen Girl Lifts Burning Car Off Dad, Saves Family

Talk about girl power!

Virginia teen Charlotte Heffelmire is a serious hero, after the 19-year-old lifted a burning truck off of her father and then went on to save other family members from a devastating fire.

Eric Heffelmire, Charlotte's father, was working on his truck in the garage shortly after Thanksgiving when the vehicle "fell, gasoline spilled and a fire was ignited," WUSA9 in Vienna, Va., reports.

"I was on my back, face up, and I was trying to get some corroded brake lines when apparently the jack slipped and [the vehicle] fell down on me," Eric told the news site.

After an explosion, he thought that was it for him.

However, Charlotte was home for the Thanksgiving holidays and saw what had happened to her father.

"I lifted it [the truck] the first time, he said, 'OK, you almost got it,'" Charlotte told WUSA. "Finally managed to get it out ... it was some crazy strength, pulled him out."

Not only that, but the teen also drove the burning truck out of the garage—on three wheels, no less—to save family members who were still inside the house.

Charlotte closed the garage door, containing the fire, then went inside to make sure everyone got out safely, including her sister's baby.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue later honored Charlotte's efforts by giving her a Citizen Lifesaving Award.

"I just did what I had to do," she told the news site, "so I don't feel like a big hero or anything."

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