Neighbors rescue man from burning house in Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Neighbors rescued a man inside his burning home in Martinsville on Sunday, according to Martinsville Fire & EMS.

Larry Law woke up smelling smoke and people screaming for him to get out of his home when two neighbors kicked his door in Sunday afternoon. Martinsville firefighters responded to Law’s home in the 1000 block of Pine Hall Road around 12 p.m. They found his home covered in flames. It took three hours for firefighters to control the fire.

Law’s neighbors, Antoinette Smith and Antonio Watkins, saw the back of Mr. Law’s home was on fire. Watkins kicked the front door of Law’s home in. He proceeded into the house while yelling. Law woke up and he and Watkins left the home without getting hurt.

The house was determined a total loss at an estimated value of $30,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Contact Martinsville Fire & EMS at 276-403-5325 or visit 65 West Church Street to inquire about free smoke alarms installed in your home. The alarms are supplied by American Red Cross. Henry County residents can call the Department of Public Safety at 276-634-4660.

The Martinsville Police Department, Martinsville Electric Department, Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department, Stones Ambulance Service, Henry County Department of Public Safety and the American Red Cross assisted.