A family living in New Tazewell is grateful to be alive and safe following a fire that completely destroyed their home on Tuesday night.
Nicole Davidson stated that her son, 7-year-old Eli, helped ensure that their 22-month-old daughter got out of the burning home safely.
Davidson stated that something had woken her in the middle of the night, and that was when she realized there were flames and smoke in the house. She and her husband Chris, both former firefighters, immediately jumped into action.
“He grabbed the fire extinguisher trying to buy me time to get the kids, and I grabbed the boys because they were closest to the fire,” she said.
Flames in the living room barred her from getting to the bedroom where her daughter was sleeping.
After they made it out safe with the two boys, Chris gave Eli a boost into the baby’s bedroom through a window. Although he was scared, he rushed inside, grabbed the baby from her crib and handed her out the window.
“Dad busted the window and then I said, ‘I can’t do it,’ like two times, and then I said, ‘I got her dad.’ And when we went down there I said ‘I was scared but I didn’t want my sister to die,’” Eli said.
No one was harmed in the fire, but they lost their home. They are now staying with a relative who lives nearby.
South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department and other nearby departments responded to the fire.
Investigators have yet to determine the official cause of the fire, but they suspect it was an electrical fire.