Lexington woman says smoke detectors saved her life

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A fire caused serious damage to a mobile home in Lexington early Tuesday morning.

Beatrice Payne said she woke up at 3 a.m. to many people's worst nightmare.

"I heard my smoke alarm go off in the hallway and I got up and looked back and toward the back bedroom I seen sparks flying," Payne said.

She got outside and her bedroom was up in flames. Thankfully she had been sleeping on the couch.

"It's just scary and I just want to make sure everybody makes sure their smoke detectors work, that's what saved her," said Chastity Huneycutz, Payne's niece.

Payne lives in the home with her nephew Jesse. He was at work when the fire started.

"For some reason if it hadn't worked properly she'd probably sat back there and burned, you know, that's just the bottom line on that," Jesse Payne said.

The two said they've had problems with their electrical system in the past, but they thought everything had been fixed.

Payne often watches her other nephew who is just three years old. The family is thankful this morning he wasn't there.

"Any other time he could've been here. She keeps him while I work," explained Huneycutz.

Huneycutz said she knows exactly what she'll do after seeing the charred bedroom.

"I am going to walk through the door and hold my little boy," Huneycutz said.

Fire officials said the cause of the fire is undetermined but it may have been caused by an electrical malfunction. They said the majority of the damage was around the home's circuit breaker.

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