MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Flames ripped through a Mobile police officer’s home Monday morning. A firefighter was also hurt battling the fire.
Crews with Mobile Fire-Rescue are on the scene of a fire in the 1300 block of Lucerne Drive. Witnesses say the fire went up so fast, but everyone inside the home made it out safely.
“I came out my back door and I could smell smoke,” said Joe Croom, a witness.
Croom lives on Lucerne Drive, he says smoke filled their neighborhood Monday morning. “I looked over and my neighbor’s house and I could see smoke pouring out of the house,” he said.
His neighbor, a Mobile police officer.
“They’re great neighbors. They’ve only been in the house a little over a year,” said Croom.
The officer and his family were inside when the fire broke out. “He said it spread so quick, he didn’t have the time to get anything,” said Croom.
When firefighters arrived, everyone had already gotten out safely, Croom says they were even able to get the family dog out to safety.
Flames were visible from the garage when firefighters pulled up. A firefighter was hurt while battling the flames, he was taken to Springhill Medical Center.
“It spread quick throughout the top of the house,” said Croom.
Croom credits a working smoke detector helped save his neighbors, giving them enough time to escape.
“That fire started so quick, if it hadn’t been for that, it may have got him upstairs,” said Croom.
Mobile Fire-Rescue says the firefighter had a shoulder injury, and he has been released from the hospital.
The fire has been ruled accidental.