Akeelah Webster climbs out of the Homewood Fire Department's safety vehicle to escape a simulated fire.
Akeelah Webster emerged from the window as a fire alarm beeped and smoke roiled behind her. She scooted down the ladder as a Homewood firefighter watched, arms ready to catch her if she made a misstep.
"I've done this before," she told the firefighter. But it was clear from her smile that she didn't mind practice as she climbed out of the Homewood Fire Department's . . .
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