SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Three people are picking up the pieces after an early morning fire ripped through their home in Saucier, Wednesday. Fortunately, they were able to make it out safely, and said escaping the flames taught them something they want to share.
When Keith Burton went to sleep for the night, he never expected what the morning would bring.
"It's hard to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and your house is on fire," said Burton.
He quickly jumped into action, waking up his aunt in the next room and his nephew down the hall. He knew his family's belongings from years of calling this street home would have to be left behind.
"All I could do was grab dogs and grab humans and get out and sit here and watch it burn," he said.
According to Burton, it didn't take long for multiple units to respond to his home on B J Pittman Road. Once they arrived, it took less than an hour for fire fighters to extinguish the blaze.
After the smoke cleared, Burton could see that a lot of his trailer was reduced to ash. He said it could have been a lot worse.
"I'm grateful. I'm very grateful we all made it out," said Burton.
Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said It could have easily been worse because the smoke detectors throughout the home were not functioning. Burton said the batteries had died and had not been replaced.
"We don't want to depend on luck to get people out of burning homes. We want to depend on the equipment, the tools, and smoke detectors is a proven way of getting early warning for fires," said Sullivan.
Burton said this fire served as a wake up call. He knows that not everyone is so fortunate.
"For everyone out there, check your batteries. I mean, it's common sense. It could mean the difference in life and death" said Burton.
Chief Sullivan suggested testing your smoke detectors at least twice a year. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.