Family Dodges 'Fireballs' Escaping From Burning Home [VIDEO]

July 27, 2018 - 6:28 am
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WAYNE (WWJ) - A family of six had to dodge shooting flames to escape a house fire in Wayne overnight. 

The fire took off around 2:30 a.m. Friday at a duplex on Gladwin, in the area of Michigan Avenue and Venoy Road, and quickly spread through the home.

Cominique Bierden was sleeping when she heard what sounded like an explosion in the garage, then smelled smoke. She grabbed her 2-year-old and got out of the house as fast as she could.

"When we ran out the side door, we had to run sideways just so we didn't get hit with a flame. It was like fireballs or something just coming out the house," Bierden told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "You're like oh my gosh, you see this on TV but you don't think you going to be in real life intense action with fireballs shooting out the house."

Stan Price said there wasn't even time to think, he just ran. 

"I had to leave out without my shoes. We had to get out real quick. Yeah, it was smoking pretty bad," he said. "It caught on fire. Simple as that, it just caught on fire. We woke up in the middle of the night and it was on fire."

Another adult and two children, ages 20 and 18, also escaped from the home safely.

A man living in the home's second unit suffered burns and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

The home suffered significant damage and appears to be a total loss. Two homes next to the duplex were also damaged in the fire. 

Deputy Fire Chief Jeremy Schneider said crews from neighboring cities assisted in extinguishing the massive blaze.

"The guys came here, the fire was coming out of the building already. They set up for a defensive attack and used aerial operations. They did some interior attack as well," he said. 

A cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started in the attached garage.