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Neighbors help woman in wheelchair away from burning Georgetown home

By: Tim Johnston
By: Tim Johnston

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - On a Sunday afternoon, Marcus Pernell decided to get some yard work in, but that quickly stopped when he noticed a neighbor's house on Springside Avenue was smoking.

"The next thing I know I run to the house and there's a woman sitting out behind the house in the backyard and she's moaning and groaning something and she can't walk," described Pernell, who didn't hesitate to help the woman to safety.

"Me and my neighbor across the street we tried to get the power scooter out of the house, we were able to do that, and get her away (to) safety."

Captain James Gifford, of the Georgetown Fire Department, witnessed the neighbors helping the woman, "We got here and some neighbors were bringing her down, she's in a wheelchair, and they were bringing her down the driveway in the wheelchair."

"Honestly, I think it was just a God-thing that's what I believe fully, 100%," added Pernell.

The witnesses reacted just in time, too, as firefighters say the fire was already spreading.

"There was fire blowing out the center window, (it was a) pretty good amount, and getting into the attic a little bit. We took a hose in the back door and knocked it down pretty fast," recalled Captain Gifford.

While everyone got away safely, Pernell says it made for an intense afternoon.

"It's really weird. You see these sort of things on TV and it's really weird when it's actually right at your doorstep. Like I said, I'm thankful by the grace of God no one got hurt."

Fire crews say they were able to knock the fire out in roughly five minutes. Still the cause has not been released.


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