A Dothan family is trying to get their lives back together after a fire damaged their home on Thursday.
The 911 call for 1206 Mendheim Drive in Dothan was placed at 11:25AM, but the fire started much sooner.
Homeowner Herman Fryer says the fire started in his daughter's bedroom and his son tried to put it out.
“I was outside, my son came and told me he smelled smoke. [I] got a fire extinguisher and thought he put it out,” Fryer said. “I went in the house, didn't see no fire or smoke, so I had some business to take care of and my 15-year-old son was at the house and so I left.”
After Fryer left, a neighbor called to tell him his house was on fire, but that his four children were safe. His wife was not home at the time as well.
“It’s devastating you know, you really can't imagine,” Fryer says. “You know, you always think about what you see on television, about someone else’s house burning up. In actuality when stuff happens to you it's just devastating.”
The Dothan Fire Department extinguished the fire within 45 minutes of the call. However, fire officials stress, quick reaction to smoke or flames is key to saving your home.
Chris Etheridge, with the Dothan Fire Department said, “Anytime that you believe you have a fire in your home and you have to use a fire extinguisher or you have a smoke odor inside your home, please call 911. We would rather respond to the call and ensure there's not a problem in the home than for it to develop to the point that it cannot be controlled easily.”
While it's not clear what started this fire, what is clear is that the family will have to find another place to live for now.
As with all house fires, the Red Cross provided immediate assistance, but the family will need additional help.
If you would like to assist them, you can contact Herman Fryer at 334-685-6011.