Man Who Saves Family From House Fire Speaks Out

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa family watched in horror as their house went up in flames early Friday morning but they were lucky. A good Samaritan was at the right place at the right time and now they're crediting him for saving their lives.

"It's a little bit surreal, I mean you don't think your house is going to burn down, you don't think your neighbor's house is going to burn down," Jake Wells said.

It was a surreal moment that turned into a reality for Wells.

Just after midnight Friday morning, Wells was outside working on some equipment when he noticed something in the distance.

"I saw a large kind of orange glow that looked like a fire and then I climbed up to a little bit higher perspective," Wells said. "I could actually see part of the northeast house engulfed in flames."

That house belonged to his friend so he jumped in his car and rushed over there.

"I beat on the door about two or three times," Wells said.

Wells also just happens to be a local police officer. Instinct took over.

"There was point I was considering forcing entry in the house because I didn't know if anyone was home or not," he said.

Finally, he said the homeowner and his kids answered the door and they escaped the flames.

The fire started in the back corner of the house and quickly spread to the rest of the mobile home. By the time the fire department got there, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

It took five fire units to douse the blaze and although everything was lost, Wells said it could've been a lot worse.

"He was asleep, the children were asleep. They were in their sleep clothes," he said. "The house was totally engulfed, nothing left. We did the best we could to get animals out."

While many are calling him a hero, Wells said he was in the right place at the right time for a reason.

"God is great. God puts us all in positions to act accordingly and I think I was just a regular person doing what anybody would do," he said. "A house can be rebuilt so I owe God a lot of credit on this one."

The Red Cross is currently helping the family with food and clothes.

If you'd like to donate, the family has a savings account set up at the Midland Teachers Federal Credit Union. Just ask to deposit into the account for Dana Howery.