WMC-TV) - An early Tuesday morning house fire sent a six-year-old girl to the hospital with burns and left her family homeless.
The fire broke out around 3 a.m. and forced James Fuzz and his family to run for their lives.
"I smelled smoke," he said. "I woke up and my hallway was on fire."
Fuzz said there were some tense moments as he and his wife scrambled to wake up their four children. Everyone got out safely except his six-year-old daughter Lay-La.
"She got burned on the back of her legs, on her arms," he said.
Fuzz said his daughter was injured in an area where the flames were intense and he had to take extreme measures to rescue her.
"I just threw her across the couch and told her to run," he said. "And she hit the couch; the couch was so hot it just burned her on the back of her legs and her arms."
The six-year-old was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in stable condition, but the family's home suffered extensive damage.
"Everything in the house is gone, all my living room stuff, my kids' stuff, you know - but you know, it's material stuff," said Fuzz.
James Fuzz works at Union Mission and said he's seen faith work before in tragic situations and now he and his family are leaning on their faith to see them through this fire.
"I thank God. It could be worse," he said. "He blessed me. He done blessed me so much and he blessed me more tonight by saving my family and that's the only thing I could ask God for and that's all I could ask God for. He saved my family."
Investigators determined the cause of the fire was a faulty heater in the hallway.