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Jogger credited with saving lives in house fire

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

LACEY'S SPRING — Marion Studer, a Lacey's Spring firefighter and emergency medical technician, said a jogger apparently saved the lives of two residents early Wednesday before fire destroyed their home.

Studer said it is her understanding that as Betty Mahan of Lacey's Spring jogged past the two-story, six-bedroom home at 514 Hough Road, north of Airport Road, she saw smoke and banged on the door until Terry Williams and his teenage daughter awakened and got

Studer said the property owners, Bill and Joyce Williams, live out of state but arrived later in the day to be with their son and granddaughter.

A Morgan County 911 dispatcher said the first call came at 5:20 a.m. and that firefighters from Lacey's Spring and Brindlee Mountain cleared the scene at 9:41 a.m.

"The fire rekindled twice," the dispatcher said, "and Lacey's Spring firefighters returned both times, at 10:21 a.m. and 2:55 p.m."

He said firefighters were on the scene about three hours on the second trip and cleared for good at 4:39 p.m.

"No one was injured," Studer said, "but the Williams' lost everything. The only thing left were the clothes on their backs."

She said the Williams' cat got out of the house on its own but their two pet rabbits perished.

Studer said Terry Williams told her that he is going to rebuild.

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