Neighbor Saves Mother And Son From Mobile Home Fire

By
James Roller

Dateline
Updated Wed, Oct 10, 2012 1:41 pm

A Gallipolis mother and son are alive following a morning house fire thanks to the quick action of their neighbor. 

According to Division of State Fire Marshal investigators, after noticing smoke coming from his neighbors mobile home Wednesday morning, Christopher Williams knocked on the front and back doors of the family's home in an effort to wake them up.
 
After hearing Williams bang on the door, the mother tried to open it, but couldn't.
 
Williams had to force the door open to get the mother out of the home.
 
Williams then went back inside and noticed a three-year-old child in the home who Williams dragged to safety.
 
Investigators say Williams's wife called 911 during the rescue, but nobody was taken to the hospital.
 
The home was equipped with smoke alarms, but did not have any batteries.
 
"This family is extremely fortunate that an observant neighbor spotted this fire when he did," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. "SFM investigators say the outcome would have been tragic in less than two minutes especially since there were no batteries in the smoke alarms."
 
The cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Division of State Fire Marshal investigators and the Gallipolis Fire Department.
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