INDIANTOWN, Fla. - A Martin County mother made a split-second decision that likely saved her life and the life of her infant son.
Jessica Price made an incredible escape Sunday morning when her Indiantown home went up in flames, taking with it all of her family's belongings.
After the flames were put out Price, 19, sifted through what was the bedroom that she shared with her one-year-old son, Daniel.
At about 10 a.m. Sunday, Daniel was napping and Price was about to take a nap as well. Luckily, she said, she had not fallen asleep.
"I see sparks flashing on the wall," she recalled. From behind the clothes dryer, Price said she saw those sparks, then smoke, then flames -- all within seconds.
"My first instinct was to grab the baby and run," said Price. "I didn't know what else to do. I didn't grab anything. His birth certificate, his clothes, his shoes, everything is gone," she said amid the ashes.
The pair, home alone at the time, was able to make it out of the front door as the fire closed in behind them. Price called 911 and then called her mother.
"I got this frantic phone call where the only word that I heard was 'fire'," said Victoria Eniss, Price's mother. It took about 40 minutes for Martin County Fire Rescue crews to get the fire under control.
YouReporter K4nbc captured footage of Martin County firefighters working to get the flames under control.
"I lost everything," said Eniss. "Everything I own was in here. I have nothing except for my family, and thank God I have my family."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Four cats died in the fire. But there were no injuries to any people or to the livestock roaming the remote property on Southwest Amaryllis Avenue.
"I have my son and that's all that counts," said Price. "And me and him will rebuild from nothing."
The family has little savings and no major insurance on the home. The American Red Cross will put the family up in a hotel for the next few nights.
To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world visit www.pbtcredcross.org , call 800-833-0599 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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