The Red Cross is helping a family in the Coastal Empire after a fire destroyed their home, leaving a toddler and his family with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They're mainly thankful to be alive, especially because it was a neighbor who woke them up to tell them their house was on fire.
Now, after losing everything, they're just trying to figure out how to start over.
"I saw the smoke coming up from under the back door," recalled Sharon Fields. "I ran out to the door."
Fields says she still feels like it was all a bad dream. "It was covered with fire on the yard and on the porch," she said.
But this was no dream. Early yesterday morning, Fields' neighbor spotted heavy smoke and flames coming from her house. He banged on her door, woke her up, and told the family to get out.
"I don't know what I was thinking, because I was going to get a hose and put it out," Fields said.
But luckily neighbors stopped her. "The fire got to a point where they thought there was going to be an explosion."
There wasn't an explosion, but all Fields, her daughter Mary and her one-year-old grandson escaped with was their lives and the clothes on their backs.
"The few things we have now, you can't smell it through the camera, but it smells awful," said Fields. "It smells like fire."
If losing everything isn't enough, Fields is running into problems finding a place for her and her family to live. "I'm very discouraged about the obstacles I've run into," she said.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire. The Red Cross is helping the family, but if you are interested in donating, you can contact the local Red Cross at 912-651-5300.