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A man saves his family from a house fire
HARDIN COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Members of a Hardin County family are fighting for their lives after one man braved the flames to rescue them. Deputies said eight people of the nine inside suffered injuries, including four children.
First responders arrived in the 2800 block of Firetower Rd. in Hardin County shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. The eight victims were taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. Three were being transferred to Shriners Burn Center.
A neighbor said she's amazed anyone made it out alive. Investigators said it's thanks to one man's fight to save his family through a house engulfed in flames, the family is alive.
"He opened the door and saw black smoke. He instantly kicked open the back door and put his wife outside," Nita Simmons said. She lives behind the house on Firetower Rd. and remembers what the man told her.
"He got on his hands and knees and started crawling to the living room where he saw two, two of his grandchildren, he saw their feet," she said. "He told them get down on your hands and knees, come to me. The one turned around to go the other direction and he lunged forward, grabbed her, grabbed the other one," Simmons said.
She said the man said he gave them to his wife outside, then heard his daughter beating on the wall.
"He shoved his fist through the window, broke it, cleaned the glass, pulled the mini blinds out of the way, grabbed his daughter, pulled her out," Simmons said.
She said he said he asked his daughter where her baby was.
"She said he's on the bed right there. He lunged in the window, grabbed the baby, got him out," Simmons said.
Simmons said she's amazed.
"A lot of people in situations like this panic and don't think about what to do and that family went above and beyond to save every member of their family," she said.
Four adults and four children ages 1 to 45 were injured, some from smoke inhalation and minor burns. Three were critically injured. Investigators said a one year old was one of the severely injured.
It's one of the worst fires Capt. Gary Spears said he's seen in Hardin County.
"It's one of, one of the worst," Spears said. "Thankfully there's not been a fatality but it's one of the worst."
He said some of the victims have been treated and released. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Spears warns families to be cautious with space heaters and extension cords.