Angie Hillhouse said she was asleep when a fire broke out in her home. Scanner traffic reported the call about 1 p.m., saying a mobile home was fully involved.
Hillhouse said she woke up and tried to get out through the back door, but there was no way through.
“Well, I had to knock the window out because the fire was all in there. ... I couldn’t see nothing. I was trying to get my pigs. I was trying to get the animals out and all, but they ran the opposite way, right into the fire,” she said.
Hillhouse had a number of scrapes and small cuts on her hands from breaking the window, but she refused medical treatment.
Battalion Chief David Levy said the mobile home was 90 percent involved by the time Bartow County Fire Department was on scene. Stations 2, 7 and 12 responded to the fire, which Levy said he believed moved quickly. After getting the fire under control, firefighters began to overhaul the scene, a process that involves removing exterior portions of the wall to expose any remaining flames.
Although her home was later declared a total loss, Hillhouse was thankful no one was hurt as her children were at school. Jerry, her husband, was at work and returned home when he heard about the fire.
While firefighters overhauled their home, the couple sorted through a burned purse pulled from the bedroom. It contained singed documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards, credit cards and other items.
Firefighters on scene later used the water cannon on engine 7 to extinguish any remaining embers.
According to BCFD Sgt. Jessie Green, the blaze’s cause is undetermined and still under investigation.