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Upstate Salvation Army officer sustains burns in house fire, home destroyed

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Home burned in house fire on Hunters Point Drive. (5/28/17 FOX Carolina) Home burned in house fire on Hunters Point Drive. (5/28/17 FOX Carolina)
Home burned in house fire on Hunters Point Drive. (5/28/17 FOX Carolina) Home burned in house fire on Hunters Point Drive. (5/28/17 FOX Carolina)

A home owned by the Salvation Army was destroyed by flames Saturday night, displacing a family of three.

Fire fighters with the North Spartanburg Fire Department and Westview Fire Department responded to the blaze on the 200 block of Hunters Point Drive a little after 11 p.m.

According to North Spartanburg fire officials, the homeowner is a captain with the Salvation Army. They say he sustained burns in the house fire and was transported to the burn center for treatment.

He has since been released.

"I'm so glad the Lord told me before I started working on the bike to open the garage because normally I keep it closed," said the homeowner. He explained that he was working on his bike in his garage, siphoning out what he thought was the last of its gas when gas spewed everywhere, starting the fire after it reached the hot water heater.

"When I rolled out of the garage I found out I wasn't on fire, and the only thing I could think about was my wife and son," said the homeowner.

The homeowner's wife, who is also a captain with the Salvation Army, and their son were able to make it out safely with no injuries. Their son, who has special needs, is staying with a neighbor while they figure everything out.

"I said honey, 'Get out of the house - it's on fire! It's on fire!,' and I ran back there to the room and grabbed my baby," the homeowner recalled. "I'm telling you, with everything in me, I grabbed them up and I came out here and I collapsed to the ground."

According to a post by the Salvation Army of Orangeburg, SC, Captains Donnie and Paulette Marvels were the officers involved. They are the pastors of Salvation Army church in Spartanburg County and Union County.

"My wife and I have spent 20 years or better with the Salvation Army helping other people," said Donnie Marvels. "When the Red Cross would send us people we would help them, and last night, Red Cross came to our aid and helped us." 

He said his neighbors also pitched in to lend a hand.

"We are not just people that are sitting in our houses, we're neighbors," Marvels explained. "We talk to each other, we laugh with each other, we can grow with each other. We're here for each other...and for them to come up and check on me and my wife out here...just to see how we're doing, it goes to show you that God is doing some amazing things in this world."

One firefighter was also injured in the blaze, but she is doing okay, fire officials confirmed.

The fire is not suspicious. It was ruled accidental.

Red Cross is assisting the family.

Marvels said his family was planning to relocate to Texas in a few weeks and another family was going to move in to the home on June 18.

"Even though right now this really looks bleak," said Marvels. "I know my God is a great God, and the God I serve will take care of me and my family."

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