"I was actually pulling up to the gym and he was like, ' We need you to come home the house is on fire.' I thought he was joking and he was like, 'No, I'm serious'. I could hear the stress in his voice and I knew he wasn't kidding."
The call Chad Layton is talking about came from his 14 year old son Alex. A fire began in the home Chad shares with his son and mother.
Shortly before noon Thursday, Chad’s mother and son attempted to fight the fire in their Ashford home with a garden hose.
Chad's mother eventually had to be dragged out of the house by Alex because she wanted to prevent the fire from spreading.
Ashford firefighters and the efforts of the family helped contain it. Firefighters say it's been a busy season.
"It started picking up dramatically. We've had a couple of major fires in the last 5 days" says Ashford Fire Chief Jim Posey.
Only the bed and furniture in the bedroom were burnt. But Chad says he's happy that's all that was damaged and one lesson can be learned from this situation.
"I can understand someone wanting to save their home and their property, but in cases like this you should just leave it to the professionals."
Both victims were taken to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center for smoke inhalation. What caused the blaze is still under investigation.