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October 15, 2004

Albany -- An Albany teen saves her mother from a fire that might have meant certain death.

Charred remains are all that are left of the home that Joyce McDowell and her teenage daughter Samantha called home for more than 4 years.

"I'm just thanking the Lord that I'm Living and that I'm here," says Joyce McDowell.

The blaze broke out around 11 Thursday  night inside the  home in the 2000 block of Flintlock. Samantha was first to see the flames and smoke coming from the Kitchen when she arrived home from work.

"I got the key and I ran and opened the front door and went straight to my mom's room and woke her up. I ran into my room threw my purse down and went and ran out of the house," say McDowell.

By the time firefighters arrived, they were able to stop the fire from spreading to the house next door but were too late to save this family's belongings.

"I was looking at the fire I was thinking about losing everything; clothes and food-- but I was just happy that I got my momma out in time," says McDowell.

"I thank the Lord for him sending my daughter last night because if she hadn't I would have been dead," says McDowell.

Now, as they work to rebuild their lives after losing everything, they have already discovered what they value the most.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. Tonight, the McDowells are staying with family. If you would like to contact them call 229-446-7136.

posted at 5:11PM by scott.hunter@walb.com