Brain cancer survivor saves family from fire, loses home - CBS46 News

Brain cancer survivor saves family from fire, loses home

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EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -

An East Point family escaped a house fire with only their lives Friday morning.

The fire started just before midnight on Hayden Drive.

The homeowner is a cancer survivor. He was forced to opt out of his homeowners insurance to save money. This happened after he had to close his business as well according to his son.

"When he got brain cancer, stage four, he had to stop working and so we've been trying to make ends meet and it's just been rough," said Mercede Broadwater the homeowner's son.

Fire officials told CBS Atlanta News that Broadwater's father smelled smoke and immediately alerted family members in the home.

There was a complication. Broadwater's mother suffered from two broken ankles from a previous injury.

"They've been here for 43 years, fell on hard times," said Broadwater. "We are praising God today that they are alive. My sister alive. My nephew is alive and I'm just praising God today."

At this hour it is not clear where the family will live, but they all made it out alive.

The fire is under investigation.

A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help the Broadwater family. It's called the Broadwater Family Donation Fun.

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