14-year-old girl pulled from 'tangled mess of a house' after California mudslide

Firefighters in Montecito, California, were able to rescue a 14-year-old girl trapped inside her mangled home on Tuesday following a deadly mudslide that claimed the lives of at least five people, according to NBC News

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said that Lauren Cantin was discovered by a team of firefighters and rescue dogs who traced her muffled screams to her house, which had been swept away by floodwaters. 

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A building uprooted by a massive mudslide is lodgedin a tree in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018. Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims of powerful mudslides which left at least 15 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month's ferocious wildfires. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
VENTURA, CA - JANUARY 09: Mario Romero looks at mud debris covering Maricopa Highway 33 North of Ojai that has several closures due to mud and debris slides covering the roadway Tuesday morning as rain from the first significant storm system of the year is causing debris flows in recent burn areas across Southern California on January 9, 2018 in Ventura, California.. The storm is expected to bring unseasonably warm conditions, up to 4 inches of rain, snow, gusty winds and possible thunderstorms. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A damaged house is surrounded by large boulders and debris following mudslides due to heavy rains in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 10, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A damaged house is surrounded by large boulders and debris following mudslides due to heavy rains in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 10, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud and flood waters on the highway after mudslides in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Picture taken January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: An abandoned car sits in mud following a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 17 people have died and hundreds hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A bulldozer clears mud from the northbound 101 freeway near Montecito after a massive mudslide in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018. Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims of powerful mudslides which left at least 15 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month's ferocious wildfires. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The north and southbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Montecito are covered in mud after a massive mudslide in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018. Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims of powerful mudslides which left at least 15 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month's ferocious wildfires. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A basketball is lodged between two fallen trees as Cal Fire inmmate crew searches for people still missing in the aftermath of a massive mudslide in Montecito, California, January 10, 2018. Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims of powerful mudslides which left at least 15 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month's ferocious wildfires. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: A car sits in mud and debris on Highway 101 after a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 17 people have died and hundreds hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: Orange County search and rescue crews began looking for missing people along Olive Mill Road and Hot Springs Road on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 15 people have died and hundreds are still stranded after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: A member of the Los Angeles County fire search and rescue team rests with his dog while searching for mudslide victims on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 15 people have died and hundreds are still stranded after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: A Los Angeles County firefighter walks with his dog after searching through debris field from a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 15 people have died and hundreds are still stranded after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 10: A resident carries her dog as she walks on a mud covered road after a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 17 people have died and hundreds hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Residents look on as a man clears debris from a mudslide in Los Angeles, California on January 9, 2018. The deadly storm claimed the lives of 13 people in Santa Barbara County. Flash flooding also occurred in the recently burned areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. (Photo by: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A search dog looks for victims in damaged homes after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Family members inspect the inside of a home covered in mud following the mudslides in Montecito, California, U.S., in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 10, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Boulders block a road after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A car washed downhill in a rain-driven mudslide are seen in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter (in yellow) instructs journalists to retreat to safer ground after a rain-driven mudslide destroyed two cars and damaged property in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists stand in ankle-deep mud after a rain-driven mudslide destroyed two cars and wrecked property in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Two cars washed downhill in a rain-driven mudslide are seen in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Mud fills the interior of a car destroyed in a rain-driven mudslide in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency personnel inspect a damaged home on Hot Springs Road after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Abadoned cars stuck in flooded water on the freeway after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A section of the Union Pacific Railroad is blocked by mudflow and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A section of the Union Pacific Railroad is blocked by mudflow and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A damaged car carried by mud flow, floats in flooded waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Debris floats in flooded waters on the freeway after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
An abadoned car floats in flooded waters and debris on the freeway after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emergency personnel rescue a 14-year-old girl from a house after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emergency personnel search through debris and mud flow after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this still photo taken from video provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emergency personnel search through debris and damaged homes after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Emergency personnel rescue people from rising flood waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department January 9, 2018. Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
An overturned car is entangled in debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department January 9, 2018. Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emergency personnel rescue a man from flood waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department January 9, 2018. Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emergency personnel rescue people from flood waters and debris after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department January 9, 2018. Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Mud fills a street after a rain-driven mudslide destroyed two cars and damaged property in a neighborhood under mandatory evacuation in Burbank, California, January 9, 2018. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California, authorities said Tuesday. Five people were reported killed. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Responders spent six hours in the pounding rain digging Cantin out of her "tangled mess of a house" using the jaws of life and other tools, Eliason said.

"To be able to have her come out safely and as unscathed as she was, it was pretty phenomenal," said Andy Rupp, a Montecito Fire Protection District firefighter.

Among those surprised by the astounding rescue was Cantin herself. "I thought I was dead there for a minute," the shaken-up teen, who was caked in mud, told her rescuers as she was carried away on a stretcher.

Tuesday's mudslide tore through Southern California after the region, which was recently scorched by wildfires, received over five inches of rain, causing the over-saturated hillsides to send massive runoff rushing onto Highway 101 below.

Multiple homes were reportedly ripped from their foundations by the powerful mudslide, while other homes in the area burned down due to a gas line explosion related to the storm.

About 21,000 people in the wealthy Montecito neighborhood were given mandatory evacuation orders by Monday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.

County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said that only 200 of the 1,200 residents contacted in person had left their homes by Monday evening.

Santa Barbara County authorities report that there is currently a backlog of 75 calls for rescue or evacuation from the area.

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