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Teen escapes fire thanks to neighbors

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

It was a call the Moore family never anticipated getting.

"We were on our way to church and received a phone call at about 9:30 that the house was on fire, the neighbors called us," said Mark Moore.

Those neighbors also knocked on the doors, attempting to alert Moore's daughter that her house was on fire.

"It's a blessing that everybody is here, that cares about us so much," said Jaime Moore.

She had just taken a shower, and heard the frantic knocks. She made her way out of the home, her neighbors helping gather their three dogs on the way out.
Officials say the windy conditions made fighting the fire even more difficult and dangerous.

"The wind, the wind was a big factor today. Normally we could have put that fire out from inside, but the wind blowing so hard on it...
It had a pretty good start, it was all over the back of the house when they got it out to us," said Capt. Wayne Hawkins with the Versailles Fire Department.

The fire became so intense at one point, it even melted and warped siding on the home next door.

"With the wind blowing that hard, it's lucky that we didn't have two or three houses on fire here," said Hawkins.

On-lookers credited the firefighters for extinguishing the fire quickly and keeping the flames from jumping to homes next door.

Even with the loss and the close call, Jaime Moore is trying to focus on the positive.

"My room is completely burned down and my room had my laptop and my book bag, so I guess I don't have to do my homework. So that's a plus," she said.

The Moore's are staying with family until repairs can be made to their home.

Investigators will be on scene Monday to determine the cause of the fire.

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