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Neighbor describes saving Kennett woman from fire

Neighbor saves woman from fire. (Source: Jasmine Dell/KFVS) Neighbor saves woman from fire. (Source: Jasmine Dell/KFVS)
Dollins' family was able to salvage a family Bible. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) Dollins' family was able to salvage a family Bible. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
Family members sift through the rubble of Rhonda Dillons' home. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) Family members sift through the rubble of Rhonda Dillons' home. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

Several neighbors are credited with saving a Kennett woman's life last week.

Terry White along with other neighbors came to the rescue when they saw their neighbor’s house was on fire on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

When they got to the house it was already in flames. They did not see a car parked in the driveway and were unsure if anyone was inside the house.

One neighbor told White that they thought Dollins was still inside of the burning house along with her four dogs.

"By the time I got here the neighbors across the street arrived and we were sitting here wondering if anybody was home and there wasn't any vehicles here but it was starting to smoke pretty good so one of them said they thought miss Rhonda was in there,” White said.

As soon as White realized Dollins might be inside, the neighbors jumped into action. They parked cars to shine lights into the smoky house to find her.

That’s when White and others tried to enter the home and saw her lying on the floor.

"And one of them came around and opened the back door and allowed enough of the smoke to go that way that we could see underneath the smoke a little bit and see a young lady laying in there," White said.

White said they had to get Rhonda out immediately.

He said a passerby who saw the fire from the highway and some neighbors helped him pull Dollins out of the burning house. A few minutes later emergency vehicles arrived.

"I believe just a few more minutes and we wouldn't have been able to go into the house. So very lucky that we were able to be here at that moment in time," White said.

Two of the four dogs did not survive. The two surviving dogs are staying with White.

Dollins' family was able to salvage a family Bible and sentimental salt pepper shakers.

Meanwhile, Dollins is still fighting for her life at a Memphis hospital in the burn unit. She is in critical condition with burns and suffering from smoke inhalation and other several infections like staff and pneumonia.

Her family said she has improved a little; doctors have lowered her medicine and her temperature has dropped.

Cheryl Dollins, Rhonda Dollins' mother, says she thanks the community for all of their prayers and hopes her daughter gets better on her road to recovery.

Kennett Fire Chief David Horton said the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Kennett Fire Department, Fire Marshall, Dunklin County Sheriff’s department are investigating. Horton said the house is at a total loss.

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