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Harrison Co. couple escapes burning home

Barbara and Tony Pennington are counting their blessings after they survived a weekend fire. (Photo source: WLOX) Barbara and Tony Pennington are counting their blessings after they survived a weekend fire. (Photo source: WLOX)
The couple managed to escape from the fire in their mobile home. (Photo source: WLOX) The couple managed to escape from the fire in their mobile home. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Barbara and Tony Pennington are counting their blessings after they survived a weekend fire, which heavily damaged their West Harrison County home.

Barbara has heart problems. Tony is a double amputee, with two prosthetic legs. But somehow, both managed to escape a Saturday morning fire that raced through their mobile home.

“With it being a little chilly, I was trying to put the heat on and get the chill off, you know,” Barbara Pennington said.

When Barbara turned on the heat, she smelled something funny. At first, she thought it was simply that smell you get when your heater hasn't been turned on for a while.

Soon, thick smoke began filling their mobile home.

“So I ran over to the unit, and I turned it off right away. Then as soon as I got over there, he started screaming, 'There's fire baby. And I can't see'. And so I ran this way, and smoke was coming out of all the vents,” said Pennington.

Her husband was understandably alarmed by the growing presence of smoke.

“He was sitting on the bed, and the smoke had already come down to about right here on him. And he couldn't see. He couldn't see to get his legs at first, and that's what was so scary. That was the worst part. Because, I wouldn't have been able to carry him,” said Pennington.

Thankfully both managed to escape the burning structure. Barbara says she is not entirely certain how.

“I don't know exactly how he got out, but I remember I got his hand right at the door, because he was choking really bad,” Pennington said.

On Sunday, church members and friends helped the couple salvage what they could from the home.

Both said the one thing they'd like most is the safe return of their two cats, which took off during all the commotion.

“I know I was scared, so they must have been terrified with all this. So, hopefully they're around somewhere, and they will be found or they'll come home or something,” said Barbara.

The couple will need help trying to restore their fire damaged home. But for now, this couple who have been married less than a year are thankful they made it out alive.

“It could be, it could be so much worse,” Pennington said.

Barbara has experienced losing everything before. She lived in an apartment on Highway 90 in Waveland when Katrina hit.

If you can help the couple in their recovery from the fire, call (228) 344-0207.

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