Baby alerts family of burning house

The Oliver family lost everything in a house fire on Highway 363 early Sunday morning.

Posted: Dec 17, 2017 10:33 PM

GUNTOWN, Miss. (WTVA) - The Oliver family lost everything in a house fire on Highway 363 early Sunday morning.

Retired Army Sgt. Jeremy Oliver says his 19-month old Ava made them aware their house was on fire.

"My daughter had rolled over and woke my wife up," said Oliver. "She said she smelled something burning. That's when we went into the living room and noticed the whole wall on fire."

The family moved into the home last September, after Jeremy retired after 7 years in the Army.

"It's tough you know a week before Christmas," added Oliver. "But, honestly we're going to rely on faith and lean on God."

The family is still figuring out what's next. Jeremy and his wife Nikki are both in college.

"Sitting there watching everything that you own burn was sad. It was a gut check," added Oliver. "I did my crying and grieving last night. I have to be strong for my family."

Just a few days before the fire. He and his wife moved the majority of the Christmas presents to his parents' home.

There is a GoFundMe set up in the familes' name.

The Saltillo Fire Department responded to the fire, but the home is in the Unity Friendship Fire District.

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