BECKLEY, W.Va. — When David Davis’ house was set on fire Sunday night, it ignited a chain of events that would change the lives of one family that was living at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The fire in Soak Creek killed Davis, injured three firefighters and left one family homeless. Carl Cox has been charged with arson and Davis’ murder in connection to the fire.
“It was a scary situation,” James Jarrell said. “I was worried about getting everybody out because, when I sat up and saw flames, that’s when I told myself that it was time to move it.
“I called 911 before I came out. By the time I ran around the back, the siding was all melted from the back door to the end of the trailer. I was out there with a water hose.”
Jarrell says he ended up thanking Cox, not knowing that he had allegedly started the fire.
“Carl Cox came up on the porch to warn me to get out,” he said. “The fire alarms didn’t go off until things were blazing. My girl’s dog woke her up and she just sat on the bed, screaming. She didn’t know what to do. Our cat got my attention the most. I was daydreaming. It didn’t seem real.
“I’m lucky in more ways than you can imagine, thank God. I thank the Lord above. I’ve been out of work for a year after a heart attack. We were doing good and then we get faced with this.”
The family is living in a great community and everything is going to be fine, Jarrell said.
“Everyone around here has stepped up to help us,” he said. “They’ve given us clothes, school supplies, toys and just about everything you can think of. That’s where most of everything came from for my daughter to go to school. This is the best community that I’ve lived in yet…