HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A woman and her grandparents were hospitalized Monday after suffering burns in a house fire. Officials said the blaze began around 2:30am at 3352 Rocky Hill Dedeaux Road. The women were treated and released from Hancock Medical Center Monday, but the third victim, Jerry Waugh, was still hospitalized at USA Burn Center in Mobile.
Brianna Krohn said she thought she was having a nightmare when she awoke coughing and choking.
"I just woke up and I felt like I was suffocating. When I went to turn on my light, the electricity went out. It was just a black cloud and I couldn't breathe," said Krohn. "My first thought was just to jump out the window, so I broke out my window and jumped out. When I looked back at my house, everything was in flames, so I just started screaming for my grandparents."
Her grandmother, Sharon Waugh, said that's what saved her life and the life of her husband, Jerry.
"Everything was on fire, we couldn't see, and Jerry is burned badly. He's in Mobile in the burn unit. I don't know what we're going to do," explained Sharon Waugh.
Sharon and Jerry made their way out of the burning house by crawling on the floor from their bedroom through the kitchen door.
"I had to crawl and I have injuries on both my legs," Sharon said.
Her legs, arms and hands were burned. Jerry sustained second and third degree burns on his body. Unfortunately, their seven pets did not escape the fire.
"Dogs, cats and a goat. I was calling for the dogs, but none of them came to me and it was just too late for them," Brianna said. "I just ran around to the other side and saw my grandparents had made it out, but they were burned pretty bad."
The family lost everything they owned in the fire. They know starting over won't be easy, but they say they are thankful to have their lives.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A benefit account is being setup at Hancock Bank in Sharon and Jerry Waugh's names. A neighbor tells us that account should be opened by Tuesday at noon.