GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A fire has left one Gautier family homeless, but the family is thankful. They believe if it were not for their neighbor who helped them escape the menacing inferno, they may not be alive.
"I'm no hero, I just did the neighborly thing," Jody William said.
Williams teared up talking about what she saw at the Petunia Drive home Monday afternoon.
"I decided to put my windows down in my trailer and when I opened the windows, I smelled smoke," Williams explained. "I looked and their little shed was on fire. I seen the flames coming out and I ran over here and asked this man here if he would put his water hose on it while I alerted them."
Inside the home, Karina Hernandez, her mother and her cousin, Lizeth Barajas, were visiting while Hernandez's two children were asleep in the back of the house.
"We heard our across the street neighbor come and knock on the door really hard and we didn't know what was going on," Hernandez said. "She just said come out because
the back room is on fire."
"My first reaction was to get the babies out of the house because that was the most important thing," Barajas said. "And then as soon as we got out, me and my cousin Karina, we just ran around the back to see what we could do to stop the fire. But literally, there was nothing we could do."
Within a matter of minutes the family said the entire house was up in smoke. The fire alarms did not sound until flames were already shooting through the roof.
"It was just devastating just to, just to have that thought that if we didn't get enough time just to get out," Hernandez said. "They could be, I don't know, I don't want to think about it."
Barajas said, "Something worse could have happened because the babies were napping in her room. So I don't even want to imagine if the neighbor wasn't home. We are very, very thankful for the neighbor."
It took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The torched home belonged to Hernandez's parents and brothers. If you would like to help the family in any way, you can give Hernandez a call at (228) 229-9041.