A fire on the city's southside Thursday night destroyed a family's home, but they made it out safely thanks to the actions of a local police officer.
On Friday, the family was back at the scene, sifting through the remains of their home in the 7400 block of Milky Way off Rodd Field Road.
It was just after midnight when a Corpus Christi Police Department lieutenant spotted smoke coming from the Bowman family's home. He raced to the scene and ended up helping the couple and six kids get out of the house before it burned down around them.
"It's not real yet," Jenna Bowman said. "It's unbelievable. You only see this on TV."
Jenna's husband, Thomas Bowman, was tucking their four children into bed Thursday night. His little girls were having a slumber party, and two of their friends were spending the night.
"My daughter just turned back around and said, 'I smell smoke,'" Thomas said. "The next thing I know, I had doors banging, police officers trying to come in to save our life, basically."
Police were banging on the families front door to wake them up and get them out of the house. Jenna and Thomas quickly grabbed the kids, but the front door wouldn't open.
It was CCPD Lt. James Gray who busted down the door and got everyone out alive.
"We have six fire alarms in here and none of them went off," Thomas said. "None of them."
While the house is a total loss, the family did find a few treasures in the ruins of their home, like Jenna's grandparents' wedding picture from 50 years ago.
"From almost 50 years ago, it survived the fire," Jenna said. "That's awesome."
The Bowman's said they bought the house about a year ago and hadn't had a problem. Thankfully, the family is fully insured, but they are going to have to look for another house now that their dream home is no more.
Investigators said the fire began in the attic, and could have been caused by some kind of electrical problem.
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