Family, pet deer saved from fire by Georgetown hero

      GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) - Smoke coming from her friends' home was the last thing Stacey Hughes-Simpson expected to see on her drive to work.

      "I noticed there was no one outside," said Hughes-Simpson. "I didn't see anyone else from either house outside, in the yard. So, it was obvious the house was on fire and they didn't know."

      Hughes-Simpson says she jumped out of her car and started banging on the door.

      "My heart was beating very fast from the moment I decided to pull in the yard and go into the house," Hughes-Simpson said.

      Hughes-Simpson says she forced the door open and began yelling.

      "To be honest I was just very forceful and clapping my hands together," she said. "You need to get up, your home is on fire, get up now, get out."

      "I come out my bedroom and there she was," said Bradley Tompkins. "I looked to my left and the whole hallway was engulfed in flames."

      Tompkins and his wife were babysitting a 1-month-old baby. Hughes-Simpson helped rescue the three, along with several animals.

      "The Lord has blessed us that we are alive," said Tompkins. "Me and my wife both were asleep. The little baby was asleep. She hadn't seen it and kicked that door open we'd probably perished in the house."

      Hughes-Simpson was Tompkins' saving grace. Many in the community are calling her a hero.

      "I'm just very grateful that I was in the right place at the right time," Hughes-Simpson said. "That I was able to do something."

      There were three dogs, one cat and a deer also in the home.

      Tompkins says one dog died of smoke inhalation and the deer ran away into the woods. All other animals were saved. {}

      The cause of the fire is still under investigation.{}