Orange Beach Mom Saves Kids from Fire

Orange Beach Mom Saves Kids from Fire

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

Two days ago Amanda Mathis and her three small children moved into their new home.

"I don't know, I don't know what to do."

Not much is left after an early morning fire. "I heard yelling and screaming fire," she says, "and I smelt smoke when I woke up."

It was just before three o'clock. "When I looked out my bedroom door I seen flames the whole kitchen was on fire."

Mathis and her three children were in the back bedroom when the fire broke out. They had two choices, either brave the flames that blocked the front door or jump out the window.

"My two oldest kids were already out. That's when I opened the window and threw her out because I couldn't get around the fire."

"I saw the stove on fire and the oven," says 9 year old Marcus. "It was like yellow and at first I thought it was a dream but it wasn't."

"She did very well in getting her family out of the house." Orange Beach firefighter Mike Osborn says it could have turned out much differently. "This is where the smoke actually banked down," he says pointing at the wall. "So if you are walking in this room your definitely going to get smoke inhalation and it could cause serious health issues."

Once news of the fire spread donations started arriving at the Orange Beach fire station and just before noon, those who had fought the fire earlier in the day returned with a different kind of relief for the family.

"It amazes me," says Mathis. "I couldn't believe everything that was on facebook people that don't even know me are contacting me. It's really amazing."

Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire but they know thanks to the work Orange Beach fire marshal Craig Stephenson does with the elementary school, the Mathis kids knew exactly what to do during the fire to get out alive.

Donations for the family are still being collected at Orange Beach fire departments administration building behind city hall if you would like to contribute.

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