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Woman gives birth as fire destroys home

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A Saratoga Springs couple is counting their blessings after welcoming a child into the world while their apartment building burned down at the same time.

"She came at the perfect time -- she came early," said Sarah Attanasio.

On Thursday night, she became a new mother just as her apartment building on Ballston Avenue was going up in flames.

She calls her 9 pound, 14 ounce baby girl -- Adelyn Sarah Pierce a miracle and a life saver.

"None of us were at the apartment. She brought us here and saved us all," said Attanasio.

Attanasio's boyfriend, 27-year old Ryan Pierce, got news of the fire just as his girlfriend was being prepped to deliver their baby by caesarian section.

"And he was amazing. He was wonderful and so brave and he couldn't have done a better job to make sure that I was okay," said Attanasio.

"I'm getting all choked up right now, but it was definitely a hard thing to deal with," said Pierce. "You don't experience such a high and such a low within the same exact instant."

A total of five people were displaced as a result of the fire which investigators believe was caused by electrical problems.

Much of the damage was to the second and third floors of the three story house.

Attanasio says Friday her mother tried to salvage as many nursery items from their first floor apartment as she could.

"We had baby pictures of Ryan and I and just the hand me down things that were special and that I wanted to pass to her," said Attanasio.

Despite the damage, the young parents say they're not out in the cold -- they received a donation from the Red Cross and will be staying with family once mother and child are released from the hospital.

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