Woman and Daughter Escape Warner Robins Fire

8:20 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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It started as just another Sunday night for Kynette Cheatham and her 12-year-old daughter Deja. Cheatham says she woke up around midnight and saw flames out of her bedroom window.

28-year-old Jarred Pierce from Warner Robins saw the blazing home as he drove by and stopped. He says, "I banged on the door, then called 911."

The stranger greeted Cheatham and her daughter as they escaped. Cheatham says, "He pulled his car in the yard and asked what we needed and what he could do to help."

He circled the home trying to find the family's two dogs. Firemen were able to rescue one of the pets, but the other one died.

Most of the house burned to rubble. Now, Cheatham and her daughter are clinging to what they have left, each other.

She says, "We have our lives, and it's a big pill to swallow. We're going to lean on our awesome support from family and friends and try to get back to the life we know as normal."

Cheatham says she's grateful for the help from family and friends, but she'll never forget a stranger's kindness.

She says, "I praise God for people like him who are willing to help out others regardless of the situation."

Pierce says he plans to collect food, clothes, and money for the family to help them put their life back together.

Investigators say a cigarette outside the home may have caused the fire.

Another woman and her daughter also live in the house, but neither of them were home during the fire.

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