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Fire Engulfs Modular Home - Family Saved By Firefighter
Updated May 5, 2013 1:08 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(BEDFORD) - Flames engulfed the home of Jason, Kim and Jeff Cummings this morning.

Firefighters from Shawswick, Marshall, Pleasant Run, Guthrie and Oolitic Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire at 354 North Shawswick Station Road at 7:20 a.m. this morning.

Jeff was at work, but Kim and Jason were asleep when the blaze started.

"If it wasn't for Jay (Faubion) we might not of woke up," says Kim. "He saw the fire and smoke coming out of the roof and stopped and pounded on the door."

Jay Faubion, a Lieutenant at the Bedford Fire Department, lives up the road from the Cummings.

"He not only woke them up pounding and yelling at the door, he woke me up," says Cherly Peyton who lives across the street from the Cummings. "We are thankful. Jay's a wonderful man and if it wasn't for him who knows what would have happened."

Connie Cummings, who is Jeff and Jason's great aunt, lives next door.

"Smoke was billowing out of the roof and flames were shooting out," she says. "The firefighters were here quickly and got right at putting the blaze out and saving what they could from the house. They still are carrying things out."

Firefighters had a tough time putting out the blaze.

Pleasant Run VFD Chief Steve Nolan says the fire was trapped in the ceiling area of the modular home.

"The fire kept running on us," he says. "We had a lot of heavy smoke and flames shooting out the back side of the home. The fire was trapped in the ceiling area making it tough to knock down. The roof then collapsed on us in the middle and the back side. It was burning quick and we had to keep chasing the fire."

Kim says she was up between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to let her dogs out.

"There was no sign of fire then and I didn't smell any smoke," she adds. "I laid back down and the next thing I knew Jay was pounding on the door saying the house was on fire."

Kim after making sure Jason was up and out ran to the back of the house to check on her dogs that were in a pen attached to the home.

"The smoke was so thick I couldn't see or hear them," Kim says. "I thought they were dead, but Jay was able to get to them and save them."

Jeff Cummings was at work at Seymour Tubing in Seymour.

"I got the call the house was on fire and didn't clock out or anything, just rushed home."

The cause of the blaze had not been determined, but Jeff told firefighters the fire was coming out of the kitchen area and ceiling.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was called and is sending an investigator to the scene.

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