|By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Before firefighters arrived, a disabled
One of them,
"I was trying to figure out where it was coming from and by the time I got up it had spread from the bedroom to the bathroom and along the ceiling," he said.
He woke up his 65-year-old brother.
"If he hadn't done that I'd probably be dead right now,"
He switched to a garden hose but was losing the battle -- so the brothers focused on their mother.
"I said close that door and let's get momma out of this house,"
They lifted her over the side rails of a hospital-style bed and took her out a back door.
"It's a good thing she had a side door here instead of going through the house that way with all the smoke coming that way,"
Arriving crews from
"[The fire] was traveling, man," he said. "[It] started traveling all through the roof there."
"We just got through doing some kitchen remodeling too," he said. "Now it's messed up from the smoke [so] the whole house is going to need work."
Their mother was taken to
The fire was contained to two of the rooms in the house and its cause remains under investigation, fire officials said.
The shattered windows of the charred house were covered with hurricane shutters by noon Monday.
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