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Family of 15 thankful to be alive after Ravenel house fire

Crews on-scene of the mobile home fire Wednesday morning (Source: Live 5) Crews on-scene of the mobile home fire Wednesday morning (Source: Live 5)
Crews on-scene of the fire Wednesday (Source: Live 5) Crews on-scene of the fire Wednesday (Source: Live 5)
A photo inside the house burned out Wednesday morning (Source: Live 5) A photo inside the house burned out Wednesday morning (Source: Live 5)
A photo shows the inside of the house (Source: Live 5) A photo shows the inside of the house (Source: Live 5)
RAVENEL, SC (WCSC) -

A Ravenel family is crediting God for getting all 15 family members out of their burning home early Wednesday morning.

St. Paul's Fire Chief Larry Garvin says the department is still investigating the cause, but says it might have started from an outside freezer. 

When the fire broke out, five adults and 10 children were inside the mobile home. The children ranged in age from two to 13.

The family will not be able to return to living in the home.

Some of them were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, a family member says they have all been released.

The call about the fire came in at 7:20 a.m., according to Charleston County dispatchers.

Linda Pinckney was inside the home when the fire broke out.

"I just thank God for everything that happened," she said. "'Cause everyone was looking for the kids and I said, 'The kids [are] right here.' He said, 'How you managed to get them out and you sick and got asthma?' I said, 'God did it, I didn't do anything.'"

She lived in the home with her husband, some of her children and grandchildren. 

"So I made sure  I had them, one on each arm," Pinckney said. "I had one underneath this arm I had one on this shoulder, and the other ones I had underneath a blanket with me coming out the door, God helped."

Lucille Campbell is Linda's daughter. She along with three of her children were inside as well.

"Everyone was hysterical trying to see our way out," Campbell said.

Garvin says the fire went from one end to the other.

"The circumstance today we could have had a lot of loss of life, thank the Lord we didn't," Garvin said.

While they were inside the ceiling was on fire and falling a part.

"I've never experienced nothing like this in my life," Pinckney said.

Pinckney says she is thankful they all have a place to stay, her landlord has put the family in another home in the same complex.

"Whatever the fire didn't take the smoke and water damaged badly," Campbell said.

The Red Cross is assisting, but the family say they are need of everything as they start over.

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