Dad credited for saving four daughters after mobile home catches on fire early Tuesday morning in north Fargo
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A north Fargo family is without a home Tuesday night, after an early morning fire.
A dad is credited with getting his 4 daughters safely out of the house.
Heith Olek picks through the remains of the mobile home he's lived in for 15 years with his four daughters.
They woke to heavy smoke just after 1 a.m.
"There was flames coming out of the bathroom and I kind of ran back there to see if I could just put it out, thinking, well, it's in the bathroom, but when I got back there it was like engulfed and then I just ran back and told them to get out of the house,” says Heith Olek who lived in the home.
"He came in, barging into my room and you couldn't see anything when you got out of bed and I made sure they all got out and I got to my car and got them stuff cuz it was cold,” says Leix Olek who lived in the home.
The family escaped and called 911. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting through the roof. A lack of nearby fire hydrants and a rapidly spreading fire made their job difficult.
"The crews had to pull out because of the intensity of the fire and how quickly it was spreading so they backed out, performed operations from the outside, extinguished the fire, and then did their typical overhaul,” says Fargo Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson.
The family did lose a cat and a dog in the fire, but Heith Olek says he's just happy he was able to get himself and his daughters out safely."
"As long as we're all here and healthy that's all that really matters, the rest of it we can, you know, replace or...we have the memories of,” says Olek.
A loving family standing together as they get ready to start over.
"We're lucky, there's so many worse things that could have happened,” says Lexi.
Total damage is estimated at $35,000.
Accounts for the family have been set up at Bremer Bank and Postal Family Credit Union.