JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -An early morning house fire leaves a home completely destroyed and military family without a place alive.
But thanks to good Samaritans who live nearby, everyone made it out alive.
Sheray Adams and her friend Karmeyetta Starkey were returning home early Sunday morning when they noticed their neighbor’s house in flames.
“We pulled up and we were honking on the horns, and banging on the windows,” Adams said. “You could kind of hear the fire alarms going off.”
Adams said they initially believed the flames were part of a bonfire but realized that didn’t seem right because it was 3 a.m. So they called 911 and helped the family of three and their dog escape.
“They came out and looked like they were in shock,” Adams said. “The man didn’t know what to do. We were trying to put the fire out with the water hose.”
By the time the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department arrived the house was nearly 50% engulfed in flames.
“I knew they had kids and they were sweet,” Adams said. “I just didn’t want to see anything bad happen to them.”
Neighbors living along Pinewood Drive describe the area as family driven.
“We have a lot of kids and families in the neighborhood,” Walter Mcmanee, a neighbor, said. “We are always looking out for each other.”
Adams and Starkey both say it’s an experience they will never forget. And they don’t expect folks to think of them as heroes.
“We’re all humans,” Adams said. “If that was your family you would want the same thing done; especially when they have kids.”
The home is a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
A possible tragedy was avoided early Sunday morning in Jacksonville after two passerbys alerted a sleeping family their house was on fire.
It happened just before 3 a.m. along Pinewood Dr. Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeremy Foster said when they arrived, the home was already 40 percent engulfed in flames.
Chief Foster said two individuals, who live nearby, were coming home when they noticed the fire. They called 911 and then beat on the windows of the house until they woke the family up.
Chief Foster said the family of three, plus their dog, made it out of the house safely. He said the fire alarms were working inside the home.
Chief Foster said the home is a total loss, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.