Savannah mother and son injured in house fire

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Authorities are trying determine what caused a fire that left one woman severely burned and trapped her son inside.

"Thank God they were here to help and they had a quick response," said witness Samuel Green.

It's a mother's worst nightmare, watching her house go up in flames with one of her children trapped inside.

"The lady was outside. She was hollering and screaming and her hands were all messed up, so we were trying to comfort her and do what we can do," said Green. "The kids had no shirts on, so I took my coat off and put it around the kids."

Savannah firefighters found Adrienne Winford, 34, with burns on her hands and arms after her home on West Victory Drive and Bulloch Street caught on fire early in the morning Oct. 31.

"Officers tried to make entry but were unable due to heavy smoke and fire," said Savannah Fire Captain Joseph Shaw.

When firefighters got there, smoke and flames were tearing through the two story brick home. Winford and three of her children were able to escape the burning home, but one nine-year-old twin was still inside.

"They reported children trapped," said CPT. Shaw. "All units went into fast attack mode and performed a search. We were able to do a rescue of a 9 year old who is at the hospital at this time with his mother."

"They found the kid and the kid was still alive, that is the main thing," said Green.

The nine-year-old boy and his mother were taken to the Memorial to be treated for smoke inhalation. Winford has since been transported to the Augusta burn center.

Southside fire investigators believe the fire started in the dining room. The exact cause is not yet known. Red Cross is assisting the family.

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