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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fifteen people were asleep inside a one-story, brick home at 925 South Street when one of them awoke to discover the house was about to go up in flames.
"I was asleep. And in my sleep, I woke up and I saw fire," said Anthony Dawson.
It was around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when he smelled the smoke and saw the flames ravaging his South Street home. The young man knew he had to act quick.
"I ran through the house and went straight to her (mom's) room," he said.
"My son woke me up and he was like, The house is on fire! The house is on fire! I couldn't believe it," said Carleata Jones.
With the house quickly filling with smoke, the mother of 6 did everything she could to get everyone out of the burning home.
"My daughter was in the bed with me at the time and I grabbed my 2-year-old and all of us ran out of the house," said Jones.
When firefighters arrived they found the home fully involved. Neighbors watched as crews knocked out hot spots to make entry inside the smokey, burned out home where all of the family's belongings were destroyed.
Investigators say the fire likely started on the porch, but right now the cause remains suspicious.
"What we're trying to determine is whether it's an intentional fire or not. We're at the inception portion of the investigation. It will be several hours before we're through," said AFD Investigator Sam Harris.
With the home now a complete loss, the family considers themselves lucky that young Anthony reacted when he did.
"It would have been too late. We probably wouldn't have made it out," said Jones.
Jones says everything from her baby's milk to her kid's school clothes and supplies were lost in the fire. The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the family.
Fire investigators have determined that a dryer caused the fire.