EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNEIGHBOR SAVES FAMILY
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Neighbor Saves Mother And Child From Fire
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnett
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Also Contributing: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 10, 2012 7:42 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 9:05 AM EDT
Gallipolis , Gallia County , Ohio
A man from Gallipolis, Ohio forces his way inside his neighbor's burning mobile home and rescues a woman and her small child.
Chris Williams says he saw the smoke coming from his neighbor's home nine o'clock Wednesday morning. "The smoke was coming out, it was coming out of the window and roof and everything. I heard footsteps I couldn't get the back door open So I grabbed the edge of the door so she could get out. Smoke was coming from the ceiling to the floor it was so bad. I went back in and was hollering for him so he could hear my voice. I saw fingers coming through the smoke reaching out for me and when I saw that, I grabbed him and brought him to his Mama."
Williams girlfriend, Misty Bigham, watched her boyfriend spring into heroic action. "I was scared, I saw his feet disappear when he went back in, not knowing if he was coming out. I'm really proud of him though."
Many people considered Williams a hero, but he says it was just the right thing to do. "I don't feel like a hero, I think I did what everybody should do. I'm just glad they're o.k."
The Red Cross is helping the mother and child with accommodations until they find a new place to live. There were smoke detectors in the house, but no batteries inside.
Fire fighters are still investigating what caused the fire.
A man in Gallipolis, Ohio, rescued his neighbors when he forced his way inside a burning mobile home, saved the mother and pulled her 3 year old to safety after spotting the child’s hands in the smoke, authorities said.
Christopher Williams saw heavy smoke coming from his neighbor's mobile home on Fraley Drive on Wednesday and sprang into action, according to a news release from the Division of State Fire Marshal in Ohio.
Williams tried to wake the family and forced his way in to rescue the mother. He then went back in to see if anyone else was inside. Through the smoke, he saw the hands of a 3 year-old child and pulled him to safety, the release said.
The three did not need to be transported to the hospital. The home was destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire marshal and the Gallipolis Fire Department.
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