UPDATE: Man Saves Wife from House Fire

By: Jeremy Edwards; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Jeremy Edwards; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE: 9/11/12 @ 10 p.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A husband helped his wife out of their burning home Wednesday afternoon.

This was on Washington Street in Cross Lanes.

"The house was about half full of smoke before I even smelled anything," Bobby Thompson said.

Thompson is grateful for what he didn't lose.

“I think the Lord was looking over us,” he said. “I give him the credit."

His wife has health problems and needed help.

"I knew I had to get my wife out,” he said.

Their home was filling with smoke, but Thompson kept his cool.

"She inhaled quite a bit of smoke,” he said. “In fact, both of us did."

While the fire burned, he helped his wife escape to safety.

"He was very calm and held himself together," his daughter-in-law Joann Thompson said.

"The thing I'm upbeat about is I got my wife out safely,” he said. “Let everything else worry about itself."

He was also able to save his SUV. Thompson drove it through the garage door because it was the fastest way out.

"I shouldn't have taken that chance, but I did," he said.

Both were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. They're expected to be OK.

There's no word yet on what started the fire.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a house fire in Kanawha County.

The fire started about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4700-block of Washington Street West in Cross Lanes.

Dispatchers say everyone has made it out of the house safely.

Washington Street West is closed in the area while crews get the fire under control. There is no word on how long it will take.

Dispatchers say flames and smoke were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived and part of the home's roof and garage have collapsed.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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