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Neighbors help Junction City woman escape fiery house

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a close call for one Junction City woman, who said her neighbors saved her from a fire that, moments later, burned her home down.

This video, shot by a neighbor across the street, showed it all: the flames, the damage, the fire fighters working to put it out.

"It's (the fire) as bad as they get," said Fire Chief Scott Terry, of the Junction City Fire Department.

The flames are gone, but the work is just beginning, as the investigators work to determine what sparked the flames. At this time, they say it's undetermined, but they did rule out anything suspicious.

"It was a substantial fire," described Chief Terry.

The woman inside the house at the time, didn't want to comment on camera, but she credits several of her neighbors for saving her life.

"My mother came out and said, 'Hey, the house down the street is on fire,'" recalled J.C. Pendleton who lives just a few doors down.

Pendleton, who is a paramedic and former fire fighter, didn't hesitate.

"It was kind of second nature to me to run down trying to help," he said, adding that he wasn't the only one. "One of the deputy sheriffs lives in the subdivision and a state trooper that lives here, we all went at the same time and started knocking on the door. Nobody answered immediately."

That's because the woman inside was in the shower, and unaware of the fire spreading across her home.

"She didn't know anything was going on. When we opened the door to get her out, the upstairs was fully engulfed in smoke at that time," described Pendleton, "It was extremely warm inside."

The rescuer went on to say after they got away from the home that the fire grew "in minutes."

While Pendleton was at the house, his daughter, Reagan, was quick to help in her own way.

"As soon as I saw the smoke, my (grandma) and me were standing at the line and she said ''I'm going to call 911,' and I did it before she could even get to the phone," said Reagan Pendleton.

The victim calls Pendleton, and the others, her heroes, but Pendleton is quick to avoid that title.

"Eh," he shrugged, "Like I said, it's second nature for me."

Instead, he said he's just happy he was there and able to help.

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