Family of firefighters lose house, dog to fire

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Submitted: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 3:47am
Updated: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:03pm

ASH, NC (WWAY) — A family of firefighters is trying to get back on its feet after they lost their home and a dog to a fire last night.

It happened in Brunswick County off Butler Circle in Ash.

Firefighter Jeffrey Milligan says his son was home alone and in the shower when he heard something outside. He says the teen looked out the window and saw the front porch in flames.

Milligan says he and his wife were at their kid’s band concert 20 miles away. By the time they got home the house was fully engulfed. He says he was calm knowing his family was out of the house.

Jeffrey and Janice Milligan and four of their kids are firefighters at the Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department. Milligan says thankfully the kids grew up around fires and knew what to do.

“To see the guys you’re in the fire department with just out there risking their lives for your house, knowing you’re usually with them, but you’re helpless, you can’t do anything… It was kind of breathtaking,” Milligan said. “I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet.”

Milligan says all he cared about was knowing his family was safe. He says he can replace a house and everything in it, but not family.

Milligan says his family is getting donations and help from Red Cross, the Waccamaw Fire Department and family and friends until they get settled in a new house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


  • Carmen Smith says:

    “But….” What? I don’t understand why someone would take the time to ask a question about a dog rather than ask if the “boy that was home in the shower” alright… was he traumatized, or how did he manage to get out alive. Let me break this down: I am Cameron’s mother, Carmen. Cameron is blessed to be alive. All he had time to do was grab some jeans and a pair of shoes, grab one dog (who tried to bite him) and threw her out the back door, went in to find the 2nd dog down the hallway into one of the bedrooms and was overcome by smoke. Cameron fell in the hallway and it was at that point that he said the thought came across his mind (in a split second) that he
    “didn’t want to die like this”. He got up and ran out the back door. I’m thankful my son is alive, he feels bad enough to loose everything he owned except the pants and shoes he grabbed on the way out and the fact he couldn’t save the 2nd dog.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The family lost their home and you’re worried about why the boy didn’t get the dog out? I guess you have never been the victim of a house fire.

  • liberdee says:

    Why was the boy that was home in the shower, unable to get the dog out of the house with him??

  • jody grainger says:

    Cameron is my nephew. He saved one dog but the other one ran from him. The house was in flames and He couldn’t go back in. I’m just glad He is alive.

  • beth says:

    I have no doubt this young man tried to save both dogs. I have three cats and my worst fear is the house catching fire and my not being able to save them all. I pray that never happens.

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