MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The tragedy in the Happy Hills community is also impacting the neighbors of victims Tony and Leila Lewis. That horrific fire on Wednesday night – spread to the house next door, which is also a total loss.
Pearlie Howard, known by most as “Miss Pearl,” and her son Jesse – were inside their house when they remember hearing several gunshots – moments before her neighbor’s house does not ignite.
“We had to get down to the ground. We heard gunshots … We must have hit the ground. We waited in the house for about 10 minutes before going out,” Miss Pearl recalls.
When they finally felt safe enough to get out, they realized that both houses were on fire. Neighbors prevented her from returning to the intense fire.
“Miss Pearl – get out of here … get out … get out of your house … get out, get out.” Said Mario Yow.
At that point – no one realized that Tony and Leila Lewis were still inside their burning house.
Miss Pearl has lived her entire life in the Happy Hills community – over 60 years in her home on Dr. Thomas Avenue. She says she considered the Lewis family more than just neighbors.
“They were good people… I never had a problem with them. They would do anything for you. I loved them. I have a daughter of God with them,” said Miss Pearl.
Now she’s trying to pick up the pieces and figure out what her next steps are.
“It’s amazing about something someone else did… You know. It’s not fair,” Miss Pearl said.
In the last day – a GoFundMe page was set up to help Miss Pearl. He far exceeded his goal of $ 5,000. At the last check, he had nearly 500 donations totaling over $ 16,000. Click here if you would like to donate.
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