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Neighbor Saves Family From Burning Home

Reported: May. 4, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: May. 4, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
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CAMPBELL'S CREEK, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- A Kanawha County home on Campbell's Creek Drive was ruined after a fire tore through Sunday morning.

"The fire does appear to be suspicious in nature," Malden Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Bradley Scott said. "It's going to be reported to the state fire marshal's office for further investigation,"

Scott said what makes the fire suspicious is where it started. There was nothing on the porch to start the fire. The house next door also caught fire, because the homes are so close together.

"No smoke detectors in the residence, and there was only one way in and out," Bradley said.

That one way is the front porch, which went up in flames. Thankfully, two neighbors saw the fire and jumped into action. They grabbed a ladder and put it up against a window on the front of the house.

"They crawled out the window,” Glenn Davis, who helped the two people trapped inside, said.

"It was the only way out of the building for them. Couldn't let them get burnt up in there," Ralph Walker, who also helped out at the fire, said.

Walker and Davis said they were just doing what any good neighbor would do. The man living in the home was thankful the two men were close by.

"It probably saved us from smoke inhalation, and getting real sick," Seth Sampoes, who escaped the fire, said.

Sampoes doesn't know why the fire would be suspicious. He said he tried putting it out before he crawled out his window, but the flames were already too big. No one was injured, in large part thanks to Walker and Davis. They both said they don't deserve any credit.

"We got them out without being hurt, that's all there was to it," Walker said.




CAMPBELL'S CREEK, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy) - A Kanawha County family escape their burning home thanks to the help of a quick thinking neighbor.

The fire happened at a home in the 400 block of Campbell's Creek Drive around 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers say the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. A neighbor was able to get the family out of the second floor of the home with a ladder before crews got there.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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