CLINTON, Miss. — Timothy Booth, a Terminix service technician, helped save an elderly woman and some of her personal belongings from her burning house in Clinton, Miss., on Tuesday.
Booth was making a treatment outside of a customer’s home when he heard "popping" sounds coming from a house several doors down. “It didn’t dawn on me what happened, until I heard more popping and then saw the smoke,” Booth told PCT. He added that he believes the fire started in the woman’s garage.
Booth also heard the woman’s neighbor, 12-year-old Braden McGaugh, yell “Fire!” Braden then ran into his house and told his mother, Lori McGaugh, who called 911 (see WAPT story).
Upon arriving at the scene, Booth dissuaded the woman from going back inside to gather belongings, including important medications. Instead Booth, who is a Level 2-certified volunteer firefighter in the state of Mississippi, went inside to retrieve the items. “She told me she needed her medications,” said Booth, who proceeded to call on his firefighting training. “I pushed open the door and noted that it was not full of smoke and there was breathable air, so I knew I had a little bit of time.”
Booth actually went back in the house a second time to retrieve another bag for the lady. “After that trip I noticed some smoke coming down the hall, so it was fixing to get real bad, real quick,” he recalled.
After police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene, Booth informed them that nobody else was in the house. He then called upon his firefighting training again and helped the firefighters roll out and hook up hoses to a nearby fire hydrant. WAPT reported that it took firefighters 45 minutes to put out the blaze, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Booth, 30, has been with Terminix for a year and a half. He specializes in new accounts after having started with Terminix as a termite technician in February 2012. He and wife Cynthia are parents to a 6-year-old son, and are expecting their second child in January.