Attica homeowners speak out after neighbors rescue them from house fire

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) – Jim Martin said he and his wife Jeanie, are lucky to be alive.

“It is totally a miracle,” said Martin.

Around 12:45 Friday morning, Martin said he woke up to find his home on fire, and didn’t realize how bad it was until he tried to go downstairs. The home was almost engulfed, with Jim and Jeanie trapped on the second floor.

“I started to push it open and could just feel the intense heat,” said Martin.

Attica Fire Chief Ed O’Farrell said when he got the call, his first thoughts were of the homeowners.

“My thought, initially, when I heard the run was we’ll not get there in time,” said O’Farrell.

Martin and his wife thought the only way out of their burning home was by jumping from the second story window, but instead a neighbor was able to grab this ladder and use it to save the homeowner’s lives.

“We were just blessed to have them come and rescue us,” said Martin.

Jim Martin suffered minor burns to his right arm, but says he is just happy he and his wife made it out of their home alive. He says will be forever grateful for the quick actions of his neighbors.

“Words can’t describe. I don’t know whether I said praise the Lord or not, but that’s what was in my heart,” said Martin.

The neighbors who helped rescue the couple could not be reached for comment.

The Attica Fire Department says they are not sure where the fire started and the cause is still under investigation.

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