Mom, two children treated after flames engulf SC home

Flames engulfed a home in York County overnight
Flames engulfed a home in York County overnight(Lesslie Fire Department (custom credit) | Lesslie Fire Department)
Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 9:54 PM EDT
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CATAWBA, SC (WBTV) - A mom and her two children were treated for smoke inhalation and mild burns after flames engulfed a home in York County.

The fire started around 11:40 p.m. Monday night, at a home along Rowells Rd. in Catawba. Everyone inside the home was able to escape before the fire department arrived on the scene, according to the family and Lesslie Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy White.

Firefighters on the scene worked to extinguish the flames until 3:30 a.m.

Morrison Belk says the woman hurt is his daughter, the two children his four-year-old and five-year-old grandchildren. They were staying with him and his wife in the home they have lived in for 14 years.

“I come through, and really got into the intense smoke and intense heat, and realized we were in big trouble," Belk says.

It was that smoke that made an escape so difficult for the five family members.

“They were coughing, and gagging, somebody was falling," Belk says. "And you couldn’t hardly see in the house.”

As the flames quickly spread, all five made it to the front yard, and called firefighters.

“That’s what you see on TV," the grandfather says. "You don’t expect to see it in your own home.”

Though there’s no official cause of the fire yet, Belk says he’s told the fire may have been electrical, starting on the porch.

It’s taken several sentimental items – gifts from passed loved ones, photos.

“All the things you’ve accumulated over the years, I don’t really have the words to describe it to be honest about it," Belk says.

He says it could’ve been so much worse.

“We’ll replace the house. It’s [my family] I can’t replace.”

The Red Cross is helping this family and they have a temporary place to stay, in a nearby hotel. After that, they may move, for now, into a camper they have that wasn’t damaged.

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