Mother gets family out of burning Columbus home

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus mother gets her five children and other family members out of their burning house alive.  The blaze started at 5131 Cunningham Drive around 4:00 Wednesday morning.

Captain Jay Leatherland, Columbus Fire Department, says flames ignited in the kitchen and spread to the attic.  The fire was contained in those two areas, but smoke damage ruined the Sotomayor's other belongings.

"My mother, who is 63-years-old, put some food in the microwave and they next thing we knew, flames were coming from the vent hood.  Thank God my husband was  awake with our sick son. We tried to use the extinguisher, but it didn't work.  So, I called 911 and got everyone out of the home as quick as I could," says Gidget Sotomayor.

Her quick thinking saved everyone.  Julissa, 12, says it's a bitter sweet day since today is the last day of school.  "I don't think I will enjoy all the parties like everyone else will."  The family had a yard sale recently and left some of their clothes in their car. Julissa and her four siblings will try to piece together some outfits from the car to wear today.

The family is now living with relatives. The Columbus Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire. No one was injured.

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