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article imageWorld Series tickets saved from fire, woman meets George Brett

By Nate Smith     Oct 24, 2014 in Odd News
Kansas City - A Kansas City woman willing to risk life, limb and the possibility of arrest to rescue her World Series tickets from her burning home, ended up crossing paths with baseball legend George Brett upon conclusion of the ordeal.
Christine Maurer of Mission Hills, Miss., returned home from her exercise routine about 10 a.m. Tuesday and found smoke building inside her home on Norwood Street, theKansas City Starreported.
She reportedly phoned 911 immediately and was told to get outside.
Before she exited the home, however, she battled smoke to the second floor in an effort to identify flames.
As firefighters arrived, and as the homeowner's coughing worsened she did eventually leave the home.
For a minute.
Local television reports Mrs. Maurer went in and out of her house a few times to gather her purse and other belongings.
Incredibly, though, it wasn't before she realized her tickets to Game 1 of the World Series were still inside the house, and she had children driving in from South Dakota for the game.
By then, however, firefighters had enough and reportedly threatened to contact police if she went back inside again.
The frantic Royals fan told firefighters of the valuables within her home, and another fireman was freed up to retrieve the tickets to the ball game, which were returned without incident.
It was about that time that Brett showed up walking his dog with his brother. The former Royals great apparently lives in the area.
Mrs. Maurer was later photographed with the Hall of Famer who reportedly questioned whether her seats were better than his.
As for the house fire, it was minor and quickly put out; it was reportedly caused by a light bulb with too much wattage placed in a fixture.
Local firefighters remind homeowners to get and stay out of their homes in the event of a possible house fire.
“Don’t go back in to retrieve items when you have a fire,” the Star quoted a fire battalion chief. “Let us do that. We are trained to do that.”
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