A Huntsville family of four is thankful to be alive after a fire ripped through their home around 3 a.m. this morning. They had only been living there for two years.
“I’m thankful that my family got out. It could have been – it could have been worse,” said husband and father, Alonzo White.
White spent the afternoon picking up what’s left from his family’s home on Properzi Way. He says he was awake in the living room with his wife, Lisa White, when she smelled something burning near the t.v. and furnace below it.
“There was a spark from where the t.v. was, from behind the television set, and I said ‘Oh!’ Well let me go and turn the breaker off. So by the time I got to the breaker it had shut off by itself,” said White.
White says he then went outside. “So I went outside to just look at the flue in the back area, and I noticed that it was a fire beind the flue area. I was surprised because I had no idea. From the front side you really couldn’t tell, but you could hear some popping sounds going on. I didn’t know that was there or something was burning behind there. So, I ran back to get the fire extinguisher and came back out and by the time I got back out there, it had reached to the eaves on the house. So, it was burning behind the walls,” said White.
White says at that point he had to evacuate his wife and two children. He called 9-1-1, and Huntsville Fire & Rescue arrived to extinguish the flames. The Red Cross were there to help, as well as kind neighbors.
For now, the family is staying at a temporary home.
“We’re staying at the hotel on the base, at Redstone Arsenal. We probably will reside there until we figure out – once the insurance comes in and will let us know what we’re going to do – what we can do, what we’re allowed to do, then we can go from there,” said White.
Huntsville Fire Marshal Dan Wilkerson says one firefighter fell while trying to come off of the roof.
He was taken to the hospital, but was since released. At this time investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.