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Father saves wife, 2 kids from burning home

A Pelham family said it's a miracle they're alive after flames destroyed their home. A Pelham family said it's a miracle they're alive after flames destroyed their home.
Stephanie Walker Stephanie Walker
Walter Cowart loads up the few items that weren't destroyed in the fire. Walter Cowart loads up the few items that weren't destroyed in the fire.
Firefighters said the house was a total loss. Firefighters said the house was a total loss.
PELHAM, GA (WALB) -

A Pelham family said it's a miracle they're alive after flames destroyed their home on Glausier Street early Friday morning.

“It looked like a bonfire that went terribly wrong,” said Stephanie Walker.

She said her family is trying to stay positive despite losing almost everything they own.

Walker’s husband Walter Cowart loaded up the few items that weren't destroyed after the fire.

She said it took Pelham firefighters close to three hours to get the fire out.

But she calls her husband the true hero.

“We wouldn't be here if he hadn't gotten up,” she said. “And he said he didn't know what made him get up.  And I told him it was nothing but the grace of God that got him up.”

Walker said her husband woke up in the middle of the night when he remembered to put clothes in the dryer before work.

“When he got up, before he could do anything, the smoke and fire had already consumed my baby's room in the front area,” said Walker.

Luckily, Walker and her two young children were all in the back master bedroom when they heard Cowart scream.
“So when he told us to get out, I just snatched both of them and ran out of the house,” she said.

Walker admitted it is difficult to lose their house of close to six years, but they're trying to remain positive.

“We lost everything,” she said.  “We don't have anything, but we have our lives.  We have our health.  So we can't go wrong there.”

The family is staying with relatives close by.

Investigators are still not sure what caused the fire, but said nothing appears to be suspicious. 

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