Enga Jackson never dreamed she would be a hero as she sat at her dining room table late Sunday night, February 5. She was enjoying the stillness of the night when she heard a noise coming from her neighbors’ house between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.
A few minutes later, something caught her eye through the window facing the neighbors’ home. When she looked out her window, she saw what appeared to be flames coming from the carport at 104 Beck Street. She knew her neighbor, Cynthia Rice, was home with her three children. Jackson quickly called her son to alert him of the fire and get him to call it in, then rushed to her neighbors’ aid. As she rounded the fence separating the two houses, she saw the car in the carport completely engulfed in flames and the fire spreading to the house.
Jackson ran to the front door, pounding on it until she roused her neighbors. Her quick action led to the safe escape of Rice, her three children and another adult in the residence. The only injury was to Jackson, when she cut her hand pounding on the door.
When it was pointed out to her that she may have saved everyone living in the home, Jackson responded, “There is no doubt they would have burned up.”
Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee said that the call came in to the station at 2:12 a.m. Atmore units, along with firefighters from Poarch fought the blaze until 4:45 a.m. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.
Pictured, Enga Jackson in front of 104 Beck, her neighbors’ home, where her quick action saved the lives of two adults and three children early Monday morning.