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Danville Woman Talks About Stranger Who Saved Her Life From Fire

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Danville, VA - A Danville family has been saved from a house fire thanks to a good Samaritan. Fire officials say they found a house engulfed in flames on Schoolfield Drive around 10:30 Monday morning. Fortunately, the residents were already out of the house, all thanks to a stranger.


Very little remains of the home that once housed a family of three and their pets. Even before firefighters got to the scene, another person came to the family's rescue.

"I was inside, I was doing some laundry and I came back in the living room and someone was pounding on our door," said Laura Denson, whose house was destroyed in the fire.

Denson says the pounding came from a complete stranger who was passing by and noticed the flames.

"There was fire just shooting up the side of the house," said Denson.

The Densons were warned to get out. Laura ran back inside to grab her one-year-old baby and her husband.

"There was black smoke and the fire was just getting bigger and bigger," said Denson.

"They really saved their lives," said Valerie Johnson, neighbor.

The three made it out safely, with their two dogs. Two cats were killed but firefighters were able to resuscitate three kittens.

"It's sad and I wish I could have got them too but nobody would let me go back in," said Denson.

The stranger didn't stick around to see the flames go out, or even hear the family say a quick thank you.

"There are people out there with a good heart," said Johnson.

Laura just wants that stranger to know they credit their quick action for saving their lives.

Firefighters were on the scene of the fire for almost two hours. They determined the cause to be discarded smoking materials on the front porch.


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