Crenshaw County woman escapes house fire

Crenshaw Co. woman describes narrow escape from house fire

RUTLEDGE, Ala. (WSFA) - It was a very close call for one Rutledge woman.

It happened Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. on North Watts Street in Rutledge in Crenshaw County.

Belinda Wells was sound asleep when she was rudely awakened by an explosion in her home. In her own words Thursday, Wells described what happened next:

“And when I finally got to where I had my bearings about me. I got up in the living room...it was all in the living room, and I couldn’t get out the door, and my neighbor across the street, Eric, he was out there hollering for me to come out the door and I told him I can’t. So anyway, he said go the back, so I went to the back, and I had scotched it for the wintertime, and he finally got it opened after he kicked it in. I couldn’t do it myself. I was beginning to get where I couldn’t breathe. I was having a lot of problems breathing, and I was afraid I wasn’t going to get that back door opened in time to get out, but I did. He got it opened for me, and I got out. I actually didn’t know I was going to make it through the house to get out the back. It was so much smoke, and I couldn’t see a thing in this world. Even down low, I couldn’t see anything, and I was thinking about my pets, you know, and I just didn’t know I would get out of there or not."

No word on what started the blaze.

Wells says she didn’t own the 80-year old home but lost everything she owned inside. She is currently staying with her daughter.

The Crenshaw County Red Cross and Salvation Army are helping Wells get back on her feet. There is also a fundraiser established through Facebook.

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