Fire destroys family home on Lake Jordan in Titus

Published: Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:05 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2015 at 1:32 AM CST
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - An Elmore County man and his wife are mighty reluctant to take credit for saving the lives of three people in Titus. The family next door on Lake Jordan lost their home to a

on Gladdis Beach Drive.

"The house was ablaze," said Art Arnold.

Ablaze and fully involved. It was a big enough fire to bring out scores of volunteer firefighters from Titus and beyond.

Even 12 hours later, the smoke was still rising, still smoldering at the site where the two-story home once stood. There is nothing left, not even the cars. We're told one of them was a brand new BMW.

"It was frantic. I was about to kick the door down but she opened up," said Arnold.

It's not clear what started the fire, but the Arnolds know where it started.

Art Arnold's wife had just let their three dogs in for the night when she noticed a small fire near the deck behind her neighbor's home. She shouted for her husband to call 911.

"Once I did that, I went over and started knocking on the door and finally the couple's teenage daughter answered and I told them they needed to get out now because of the fire. They apparently were asleep," Arnold said.

Even though Arnold lives just mere feet away, he never really got to know the family including their names because they just moved in three months ago.

The fire was so intense it damaged a part of Arnold's roof and melted the metal blinds on the inside. The home on the other side sustained minor damage as well.

WSFA 12 News was unable to locate the family who lost their home but there is little doubt they will never forget their next door neighbor in Art Arnold.

Arnold applauded the firefighters' efforts saying they did a 'very good' job despite tough circumstances. Arnold estimates well over 100 firefighters responded from volunteer fire departments in Titus, Seamon, Wetumpka and Byke.

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