SALEM, Mo. -

A family in Salem, Missouri, escaped from a house fire after a close call on Sunday afternoon.

There were about two adults and six kids inside the house when a neighbor told them the garage was on fire, according to fire crews.

As the flames started to spread to the house, everyone rushed out of the house as quickly as possible--then they realized a nine-year old girl was still inside.

"I feel horrible because I was trying to make sure all the kids were out, and I didn't realize one of mine was still in there," said Tiffany McComas.  Another woman, Pam Gott, who was also escaped the fire tearfully added "it was by God's grace everybody got out."

A family pet was lost in the fire.