MEMPHIS, Tenn. --Raging flames and smoke were what people living off Crystal View Cove in Hickory Hill woke up to after a neighbor spotted much smaller flames.
The neighbor had just walked out of her house on the way to work and saw flames coming out of a car.
"It was in the carport and I ran across the street and knocked on the door and called 911 pretty much at the same time."
Because of this Good Samaritan, those inside the home woke up and safely escaped. The neighbor didnt want to be identified but said she used to be a volunteer firefighter. As soon as she saw fire around 5 a.m her instincts kicked in.
"They all did. Get the people out. Call the fire department, get away from the house," she said.
The fire department said three people got out of the home safely. WREG were there as firefighters were out mopping up hot spots and investigating. The home was still smoldering.
"The main thing is everybody got out safe."
The Memphis Fire Department is investigating how the blaze began, but confirmed it started at the car and moved to the home.
While she's happy to help, this volunteer firefighter said it's important to always be on the lookout no matter what time it is.
"Anybody would've gone and done that. Just knock on the door, knock on the windows. Knock wherever."