Pregnant Woman, Seven Others Escape Raleigh House Fire

Posted on: 4:18 am, December 30, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:32pm, December 30, 2013

(WREG-TV) Eight people, including a pregnant woman and her two young children, were forced to escape a house fire early Friday morning.

It happened at home in 3300 block of Ridgemont in the Raleigh area.

Sharon and Robert Butler say they lost everything in the fire, but are thankful all of their loved ones made it out alive.

“Having my whole family, I’m just so happy because it could have been the other way around,” said Butler.

The Butler’s youngest daughter, who happened to be visiting, was sleeping on a couch in their living room when she smelled smoke coming from the kitchen and got everyone up.

The family says their smoke alarm never went off.

“The smoke started getting thicker and thicker. So, by this time I’m just yelling for everyone to get up. The house is catching fire fast,” said Tenesia Butler.

Tenesia Butler’s pregnant, older sister, her sister’s fiance, and their 3-year-old-son couldn’t get to the front door because of the flames and smoke and had to go out a bedroom window.

Fananda Butler had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but her unborn baby is fine.

Her 9-year-old daughter got out with her parents.

“I’ve never experienced this before, but I just know that God had it in control,” said Sharon Butler.

The Butlers did not have any renter’s insurance and lost a truck.

A fund has been set up for the family at Suntrust Bank.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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