CHESTER, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - An unlikely hero saved a family of 8 when their home went up in flames. The family lost nearly everything in the fire last Tuesday morning, but they were all able to escape with their lives thanks to their persistent cat who woke everyone up before it was too late.
"I didn't want a cat. Jericho and the kids wanted a cat," said Emily Chappell-Root.
Chappell-Root is thankful more than ever for her feline friend named Luna. The cat is credited with saving her and her six children ranging in age from 7 months to 10 years old.
"If she didn't wake me up we may not have all gotten out. I am really really blessed to have her and that everyone got out," she said.
Early Tuesday morning, Luna slipped inside the house, jumping on the bed, pawing and playing with Chappell-Roots feet. It's something the outdoor cat would often do if she brought in a present from outside.
"She was insistent, you're getting up. I got up and walked out the bedroom door and got a few steps down the hallway and realized there were flames licking around the door frame into the kitchen," said Chappell-Root.
With no time to spare, Chappell-Root woke up her kids, sleeping in the living room for a slumber party. Her oldest son, also jumped into action.
"He carried his little brother out of the house," she said.
The mattress where the kids were sleeping is now just charred metal coils. The living room was also gutted by the fire.
Chappell-Root's husband had no idea of the drama unfolding at his home as he was driving home from work.
"I flew up the street. I don't even remember how fast I was going and the first thing out of my mouth was where is my wife, where are my children?," he said.
To his amazement, they were all fine thanks to Luna the cat. Today, she still sits outside, guarding the charred home.
"She will be on wet food for life. Wherever we go has to be a home that will let her go with us," said Chappell-Root.
A GoFundMe has been setup to help the family. You can donate by clicking here.