Photo Gallery | Two men help save teen trapped on roof of burning home
Fire officials are currently investigating the cause of an early morning fire where a teen that lived at the house was rescued from the roof of the burning home by two men who sprung into action.
Columbia fire officials say around 8:15 Wednesday morning they received a call that heavy fire was showing from a residential structure on Bermuda Hills Road in the Spring Valley subdivision.
“You could see the flames coming out over the top of the roof from the second floor totally engulfed in flames,” said Kurtis Laughead who called 911.
Laughead, who works at Spring Valley Country Club, said he and other employees rushed over to the home.
“One of the guys had already beaten me to the scene and he was helping the daughter in the home and was helping her off the roof,” Laughead added.
Witnesses say a mother and daughter were in the home when the fire started. They say the mother escaped through a front window, while the teenage daughter was stuck on the roof.
“The flames were coming out the back of the house, the young girl was out on the roof,” said Ryan Kropp. “We couldn't get her down so we finally got her to come around the front of the house.”
Witnesses say Kropp and a neighbor used a ladder to get the girl down.
“I just spoke calmly to her and said it's okay, we're right here, don't worry about it,” Kropp added. “If you fall we'll catch you, we're going to get you out of here, just take deep breaths and slowly move.”
Kropp says once the mother and daughter were safe, they located the family's dog outside the home. He says while he never could have imagined this happening- he's just glad he could help.
“I think it's just kind of instinct, you know somebody's life is in the balance here and you've got to do whatever you can to help somebody out,” said Kropp.
Fire officials say while they're not sure if the home from the inside is completely gutted that there is heavy damage, now they'll work to determine what caused this fire.
The Richland County Fire Marshal's office is investigating. Officials estimate the damage to be worth $320,000.