SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) - It's something that every homeowner and parent fear the most.
"I woke up and I came down the hall and the whole side of the wall was on fire. My youngest nephew here, he was asleep on the couch. I got him up and went back and got my other two boys out," says Brandi Cox.
Within minutes, the flames took over the family home. While Brandi was making sure her neighbors were out of their homes due to the spreading fire, her boys ran to a family friend for help.
"I had actually just laid down not too long before that and I woke up to knocking on my door at 2:30 in the morning. When I opened the door all three of the boys were standing at my door literally in boxers and they kept saying Kristy, Kristy the house is on fire," says family friend and neighbor, Kristy Grubbs.
Fire crews arrived within minutes of the call. Brandi's sister, who works at the local jail, heard the call on the scanner and immediately thought the worst.
"I just ran out of work and told them that my house was on fire and I would be back. When I pulled up fire trucks were everywhere and I just wanted to make sure everyone was all right," says Christy Cornwell.
A tragedy was avoided, because of the actions by her sister.
"To me, yes she is a hero because I could have lost my kids that night if she wouldn't have been here," says Cornwell.
"It's a mother instinct is all I can tell ya. I just had to get my boys out," says Cox.
For saving her family's life during an unimaginable crisis, we honor Brandi Cox as this week's Hometown Hero.