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Chester fire victim remembers scary escape from home

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CHESTER, VA (WWBT) -

David Vance will never forget that roaring sound of fire sweeping its way through his son's home on Hamlin Court, early Sunday morning.

He awoke to the sound of the front windows of the home popping from blaring heat.

"When I come to, my whole room was orange. A bright orange. When I just glanced out the window the flames were already above my windows. I just started screaming, "Get out of the house, we are on fire!'" Vance said.

As Vance made his way through the smoke-filled hallways, he heard his adult son yelling to get out and then found him carrying one of his two young boys.

"I thought he had my one grandson and his wife had the other one in front of me going down the steps," Vance said. "Like I said, you couldn't see at all. We got down to the bottom door and realized she wasn't down there."

Vance's son ran back inside the burning house to grab his other boy. At the same time, his son's wife made a daring jump from a second story window.

Fire investigators concluded Sunday afternoon that the fire started on the front porch of the home. A flower pot on the porch contained smoking materials, authorities said.

Authorities say while five of the six people inside the home made it out on their own, fire crews had to pull Vance's son's mother-in-law from the home. She was trapped upstairs.

Vance's sister, Alice Westerberg, was at the hospital with her family most of the day Sunday.

"They are scared. The babies are very scared. The six-year-old is a six-year-old," she said. "He misses his toys already."

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