Off-duty firefighter alerts family, neighbors to blazing house fire in High Point

Piedmont Triad News

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Quick thinking helped three people escape a dramatic fire in High Point.

“There was fire from the backside of the structure. Once I noticed and confirmed it was a fire back there, I came back to the front door. Knocked on the front door before I went to the back trying to get someone’s attention,” said Scott Hampton, fire captain with the High Point Fire Department.

Firefighters are never really off duty, just ask Hampton.

“Whether we’re on duty, off duty, paid or volunteer, we answer the call to help the citizens in the area,” Hampton said.

Even if they don’t have their truck or gear, when they come upon an emergency, they’ll be quick to help in every way they can.

“Just part of doing our job,” Hampton said.

That’s what the 18-year captain from the High Point Fire Department did on Sycamore Point Trail.

He guided three people from a smoke- and flame-filled home and helped save their lives.

“Never this close to a house fire where I had to go into action or into service that fast,” Hampton said.

Hampton was heading home after his shift just after 8:30 a.m. Friday when he saw smoke in the neighborhood coming from behind the home. After a quick inspection, he immediately dialed 911 before making his way inside the home.

“There were three people inside the residence at the time. I was able to get those three out, get them to safety before the first crews arrived on the scene,” he said.

Less than five minutes after fire crews were dispatched, 35 firefighters were on the scene to contain the fire.

Luckily, no one was injured. FOX8 crews saw the family at the home later Friday evening, but they were not ready to speak.

Hampton says it’s life-saving moments like this that remind him why he puts on his uniform each and every day.

“We’re willing to step up and put ourselves in harm’s way to protect the lives of the citizens, and their property, in this case, it’s the City of High Point,” he said.

Fire officials say there were working smoke detectors were inside of the home. They didn’t go off because the fire wasn’t as intense.

Fire officials have not yet determined a cause. They are continuing to investigate.

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