Mother saves daughter out of burning home: 'It was all God getting us out.'
CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - During a fire that engulfed a family's home on Wednesday, the mother ran through a wall of flames to rescue one of her daughters.
Just three days later, they revisit their long-time home.
Jennifer Gilbreath says that night, she knew something wasn't right. "We were in bed and I heard just some crackling and I smelled something, it just didn't smell right," said Gilbreath.
A mother's intuition kicked in and Jennifer got out of bed and saw flames in the kitchen area.
"I woke Daniel, my husband up and I said 'Daniel somethings on fire in the house, get Gray and y'all go out the back door'," said Gilbreath.
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Then she rushed down the hall to wake up her 13-year-old daughter, Crimson. Gilbreath wrapped her arms around Crimson and started walking down the hall; that's when a wall of flames separated them from the rest of the home. " I just told Crimson, I was holding her and I said 'We have to go, we have to go.' I just kind of pushed her and we went through it," said Gilbreath.
And they did. They made it out alive.
Just days later, the few things left of their family home - Crimson's old piggy bank and a water bottle.
But fortunately, their most prized possessions won't be among the rubble.
"It was all God getting us out. People have asked me how I did what I did, but it wasn't me. It was God. And he just used my body to do what had to be done because I don't think if he hadn't have been there and angels watching over us, none of us would be here," said Gilbreath.
The 13-year-old daughter, Crimson, is expected to be in the burn unit of the hospital for four to six weeks. The family says they are more than thankful for all the donations they have received. Now, they ask for prayers as they plan to rebuild their home right where their old one stood.