ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - A boy and his dad are lucky to be alive after a fire ripped through their St. Martin home. A man, they never met before, who lived nearby, is being credited with saving their lives.
It was around 11 Thursday evening when Allen Fairley, his sister and brother-in-law saw flames shooting in the air from what looked to be the next street over. Fairley called 911, then he and his sister jumped in the car and rushed to see what was happening.
"I banged on the door boom, boom, boom, boom, no one said nothing," Fairley said.
Luckily, he didn't give up.
"I was basically trying to kick it in, but my sister said don't open up the door because of the back draft," Fairley said.
With flames flying from all parts of the house, Fairley had to come up with another plan and fast.
"I went to the window," Fairley said. "I banged and banged and banged. A little 10 year-old-kid, he ran me over. He jumped out the window so quick once he found out that the house was on fire."
The young boy told Fairely his dad was still inside.
"I guess his daddy was disoriented from the smoke so I had to grab him, little me grabbed him. He was pretty big, and I took him out," Fairley explained. "His dad couldn't say nothing, his eyes were like this the whole time. I think he was so scared and couldn't believe it, you know what I'm saying, that he made it out of that."
It took 20 firefighters 30 minutes to contain the blaze. The Fort Bayou Fire Chief said if the neighbor would have waited another minute before going to the house, the boy and his dad may not be alive.
"I just thought about two human beings and this morning we would have been waking up to a whole other story, two bodies being brought out of that house," Fairley said shaking his head. "I can't have that on my books. Jesus is good."
Fairley said just three days ago he had a dream he was a firefighter; now he is thinking about pursuing it as a career.
As for the fire, investigators believe the flames started in the kitchen, but the exact cause remains under investigation. At this time, firefighters are not sure if the family had smoke alarms or if something caused them to malfunction.