|Photo courtesy of Sheriff's Sgt. Charlene Sprinkle-Huff.|
When deputies and firefighters arrived at 1203 Westward Ho Lane shortly after midnight, flames were coming from all of the windows of the home. Resident Ernest Pratt, 46, was outside, but told them his wife, 50 year old Nancy Pratt, was still inside the home. At that point, however, there was no safe way to enter the fully engulfed building.
Pratt told Deputy Thomas Hill the smoke detectors woke him. He got up to check why they were going off and found the back porch on fire.
He said he called 911 on his cell phone; he said at one point, the glass leading out to the porch exploded from the heat and his back was burned. He said he tried to get his wife out of the residence, but finally had to flee the home himself as the fire spread.
Pratt was treated for the burns on his back at Fishermen’s Hospital. The State Fire Marshal responded to the scene and will be investigating the cause of the deadly blaze.