DANVILLE—Pure adrenaline and love of family sent one man into action. An early morning fire nearly took the lives of six people, including a 14-month old baby. It happened Sunday, in the 200-block of Roselawn. Quick thinking from a relative saved the day. WCIA-3’s Anthony Antoine finds out how the family is faring.
It’s been a few days since the fire and the family is starting to move forward. But, the outcome could have been very different. Everyone was asleep, and if it wasn’t for the quick thinking of a family member, they might not be here to talk about it.
“I was walking home from Josie Woods’ house down the street and all I seen was smoke down at the ground level. Immediately, I started crying.”
Michael Hubbard’s entire family was asleep. They had no idea the house was on fire.
“As I got closer, I seen orange light up against my neighbor’s house. I just ran inside. I didn’t care if it would of took me too, if they were already gone.”
He woke up his mom and sister on the first floor. That’s when he realized the fire was coming from the furnace.
“I laid back down and he said, ‘no, get up’ and pulled me out of my bed.”
Hubbard ran upstairs to wake his brother and 14-month old son. This is what’s left of the room which is directly above the furnace. The entire family made it out safely.
“Everyone was just sitting out there crying. It’s definitely a wake-up call to make you think of what you have and you can lose stuff in the blink of an eye.”
The family says Christmas will be a little different this year. There might not be any gifts under the tree, but a brother, uncle and son gave them the greatest gift of all.
“He’s our hero and I really do appreciate it. I love him to death. I’m pretty sure my son does too.”
“I was just taking care of my family.”
The family has insurance. They’re currently staying at a hotel. To help them get back on their feet, donations can be made to the Hubbard Family Fire Fund at First Financial Bank.