Family wakes, escapes when home catches fire - WKRN News 2

Family wakes, escapes when home catches fire

Posted: Updated: Feb 7, 2014 03:32 AM
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

Rutherford County resident, Rebecca Evans and her family awoke about 4:30 a.m. to a terrifying scene.

"I opened up my bedroom door, and couldn't see anything. I could hear my daughter, but I couldn't see her," said Evans.

A house fire engulfed about 75% of their home. Evans said there were flames as far as the family could see.

"It just kept going and going and going," said Evans.

The family knew they had to find a way out.

"I went into survival mode. I didn't know what to think or what to do," said Evans.

The family made it out of the house through the front door.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out in about 15 minutes.

"They were very lucky at 4:30 a.m. in the morning to be able to get out of this structure. We're very fortunate we didn't have to bring out a body," said Assistant Fire Chief, Milton Ingram with the Almaville Fire and Rescue Department.

Almost everything inside the house was a loss but firefighters said it could have been worse.

"They did lose a lot of personal stuff that they won't ever be able to replace; biggest thing is they came out with their lives," said Ingram.

"We don't know what is still salvageable out there. I don't care at this point," said Evans.

Evans said she is grateful her family is safe.

According to WGNS, a local cheerleading coach is now leading an effort to collect clothing for the family. The sizes are as follows:

Shirts - XL or XXL
Pants - 20 or 22
Shoes - 8

Shirts - XL
Pants - 40
Shoes - 10

Shirts - 10 1/2
Pants - 10
Shoes - 2

To donate, contact Erica Weaver at

She also said she will be at the football concession stands at Smyrna Lee Victory Park Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m.

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