A Hempstead County woman and her five grandchildren escaped from their burning house without injury late Saturday night and watched as firefighters worked well into the early morning to halt the fire’s progress.
The grandmother said she smelled something like burning leaves around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night and started trying to identify the source within the house she’s owned for 13 years. She said she saw smoke and immediately gathered her grandchildren and tried to exit the house. She said heavy smoke forced them to turn away from their attempt to exit through the garage and pushed them to the front of the house where they removed a screen and got out safely.
Firefighters from Patmos, Spring Hill and Perrytown Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire in the 5300 block of Highway 29 South. Hempstead County Deputies and Pafford EMS also responded to the residence.
While few flames were visible from the outside of the house, firefighters said fire was spread throughout the attic, which resulted heavy smoke rolling out all around the house.
Firefighters worked to contain the fire and had the attic under control after about two hours so they were able to shift their focus to chasing down hot-spots. They were able to prevent the fire from breaking through the roof and prevented a complete loss of property.
While some of the family’s belongings were saved, much of it suffered serious smoke and water damage, including all of their clothes. Emily Crane of the Patmos Volunteer Fire Department is organizing a clothes drive to help replace what the children lost. You can see the post below for more information or to share with others.