Burke County family steps up to rescue neighbor from house fire

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A Burke County family is set to be honored after stepping up and rescuing their neighbor from a house fire.

On Monday, Burke County EMA Firefighters responded to a house fire at Chris and Jerry Drive.

Officials say they were alerted when 8-year-old Brooke Greeley overheard their neighbor Mrs. Palma screaming for help. 

Brooke saw the flames shooting out of the house and ran to inform her mother, Jennifer.

After they called 911, Jennifer and 15-year-old Graysen Greely ran to the house to help.

Mrs. Palma was reportedly on her porch at this point, but overgrown shrubs and vegetation kept her from being able to leave.

Jennifer and Graysen were able to clear a path through the overgrowth to get Mrs. Palma to safety.

Graysen was told that there were dogs still inside. He tried to go back for them but found that the fire had spread through the whole house and was now setting off ammunition inside..

Burke County EMA and Fire Crews showed up shortly after.

Chief Rusty Sanders of Burke EMA and Sheriff Alfonzo Williams will be presenting Jennifer, Brooke and Graysen with a local citizen hero award at the next Burke County Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 16th at 6 p.m.

Both Chief Sanders and Sheriff Williams say they are extremely proud of the family’s actions.

A GoFund Me has been set up for Mrs. Palma. You can donate HERE.

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