by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
ATLANTA - A Southwest Atlanta woman told Channel 2 Action News she's grateful to be alive after firefighters had to rescue her from her burning home.
Atlanta firefighters worked into the evening Memorial Day to make sure the fire was out at Lewis' home on Melrose Drive.
Lewis said she had her grill on to cook out but was inside when she noticed smoke and flames in the house. She and her nephew had to run upstairs since burglar bars covered each of the first-floor windows.
"I told him jump because I could see flames coming up through the floor," Lewis said.
Her nephew, Sanford Brown, jumped from the second floor of the home to get a ladder to help her down. Moments later firefighters arrived and used a large ladder to help Lewis down.
Officials said 90 percent of the home was damaged by flames, but Lewis said she wasn't focused on the loss of her material possessions.
"I'm alive, Amy. A lot of people don't get to say that. And I'm very grateful," she said.
Lewis also expressed her thanks for Atlanta Fire & Rescue and their quick actions to get her out of the home safely.