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Spartanburg Co. mom runs inside burning home to save child, suffers second-degree burns

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Family's home that caught fire. (Source: Fox Carolina) Family's home that caught fire. (Source: Fox Carolina)
Angela Jenkins. (Source: Facebook) Angela Jenkins. (Source: Facebook)
MOORE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After running inside her burning home to save one of her children, a Spartanburg County mother is recovering from burns to her face and hands.

Angela Jenkins is a mother that, like most parents, would do anything to protect her children... and she did. 

Westview Fareforest Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Williams said they responded to an active house fire on Westmeath Drive in the late afternoon on Monday.

Although he said they are still investigating the cause of the fire, he said the front child's bedroom suffered the most damage. 

"The house was just engulfed in smoke coming out of everywhere. It was very traumatic," said David Steeves. 

Steeves and his wife Stacey are best friends with Angela Jenkins and her husband. They said they rushed straight over to the family's home on when they heard about the fire.

"The kids were crying, it was tough," said Steeves. "Angela did not have a chance to even say, 'I'm going to be OK,' to the kids."

It was Jenkin's kids that she was trying to protect, moments before she was rushed away in an ambulance. Steeves said Angela began getting her kids out of the home when she heard her daughter screaming.

"She ran back into the house to try and find her, not realizing that she had ran out the garage and she was screaming and crying in the garage," said Steeves.

He said she suffered second-degree burns on her face and hands from running inside the home. He said the Jenkins told them a burning candle may have ignited the fire, but the fire department that responded said they are still looking into the cause. 

The assistant fire chief with Westview Fairforest said thankfully, EMS arrived right behind them. 

"This scenario worked out very well, they don't always happen that way but in this case it happened very quickly," said Tracy Williams. 

The Steeves said the family didn't have renter's insurance.  A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help.

In the meantime the Steeves are trying to clean up some of the salvageable items, and have been greatly impacted by this tragedy.

"Share your blessings. If you have blessings, share them, share what you have if you have it," said Steeves.

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