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Teen driver suspected of DUI after crashing into St. George house, igniting fire

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A 14-year-old crashed a car into a St. George home when the car caught on fire and spread to the residence, police say (Photo: Smith Family)

A teenager faces several charges after police say the 14-year-old stole his sister's car, ultimately crashing it into the front door of a home and causing it to catch fire early Thursday morning.

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Officer Mitchell with the St. George Police department confirmed to 2News the crash happened at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Thursday at the home on 2926 E. 2930 South.

Police believe the underage boy may have been under the influence, charging him with DUI, traffic offense, no driver's license, and a curfew violation.

Officer Mitchell said the teen crashed through the front door of the house, starting a fire that spread inside to the attic.

Surveillance footage taken from a door camera on the home shows the vehicle completely engulfed in flames.

Duke Flowers said he, his wife, and five children were inside when it happened.

"Thank God we were alert and aware, and we got out," he said.

Flowers told 2News he "heard a very large, loud crash" that vibrated the house not long after going to sleep. He saw it was a vehicle, and he and his wife raced to grab their kids.

"I hear my mom screaming my name," said daughter Kami Flowers, "and I could hear like a hissing sound coming from what was the car."

The family made it out as flames spread. No one was hurt.

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"We ran out the back door with all our kids in their underwear," Duke Flowers said. "None of us had shoes."

Doorbell camera footage showed the flames, and the teen driver is heard yelling "Somebody, help!" after the crash happened. A neighbor got him out.

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The family told 2News the house is considered a total loss. They had been living there since earlier this year, renting the house while they build one. Now, in a tight market, they're forced to find a new place to live and replace possessions burned in the fire.

But the Flowers family said they didn't think about their stuff when everything was chaotic and scary.

"I did not care about anything but our five kids, and I had to count them multiple times to make sure we had all of them," he said. "Nothing else matters."

Added daughter Kami, "There's a lot of things, they can be replaced, and that's not really what matters most."

2News photojournalist Ben Pollchik contributed to this story




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