Teenager rescues mother from house fire

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A high school senior saved his mother's life Tuesday morning after a house fire in Lawrence County.

Witnesses say Lawrence County football player Lance Clay rescued his mother, who is in a wheelchair.

Both the teen and his mother, Kim Stumbo, suffered serious burns and were flown to Cabell-Huntington hospital in West Virginia.

The fire started around 6:15 a.m. at a house on Gene Wilson Blvd. in Louisa. Neighbors say flames ripped through it in minutes.

"I heard somebody hollering for help," said neighbor Bill Hall.

Hall says when he got to the burning home's front door, he found Lance Clay carrying his paraplegic mother, Kim Stumbo, outside. He says the high school senior ran through the flames to rescue her.

"I think it's a lot for anybody's character. It takes a lot, even with training and stuff, to run into a burning building, to go in and get someone," said Hall.

Officials say Stumbo suffered burns on 40 percent of her body. Clay, a Lawrence County High School football player, was also injured.

"It looked as if he got his feet and legs burnt trying to get her out of the house," said Hall.

Dozens of neighbors helped the mother and son as firefighters put out the fire. The fire also damaged the house next door.

"I was scared, and then I come out here all the smoke in the house, it was just in flames. It was really weird, scary," said Freddy Robertson who lives in the house next door.

"The whole community, the neighbors stepped in and helped, for a tragedy, the neighbors stepped in and done what needed to be done," said Hall.

Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause but believe the fire was accidental. Investigators think it was electrical and started in the attic.

The Family Resource Center at Lawrence County High School is helping the family with whatever items they need after the fire.
Anyone who wants to help Clay and Stumbo can contact the Lawrence County Family Resource Center at 606-638-9676.

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