A 29-year-old man with special needs escaped flames that engulfed his house early Monday morning.
Reginald B. Hill said he awoke at about 6 a.m. when he heard cracking and felt something dropping on him inside his bedroom at 2320 West Marion Road.
He headed for the kitchen when he noticed the inferno.
It felt like a gust of hell, said Hill, who told an investigator he dropped down to the floor to avoid the smoke.
He couldnt get out through the kitchen, tried to get out a window and ultimately fled from the front door.
Hill ran across the street to his neighbors house where Lakeive Moore was ironing her clothes for work.
Moore looked out and saw flames shooting out of the kitchen door near the carport.
I just was praying that there wasnt nobody else in the house, Moore said. I just thank God he made it out OK.
Hill said his father left for work hours earlier and told him to lock up, but he didnt know for sure whether the house had a working smoke detector.
Macon-Bibb County firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out of the front, rear and right side of the house near the carport, said Capt. Phillip Gordon.
It had broken through the roof. My guys went on in to try to cut it off to make sure it didnt expand any farther, Gordon said. It was fully involved.
Once the flames were out, investigators looked through the debris to determine where the fire started.
It started in the kitchen, but it wasnt due to cooking, said Steven Wesson, a Macon-Bibb fire investigator.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, Wesson said.
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