Woman helps rescue baby from burning home in Hollywood

Gayle Fogge says she pulled baby out of smoke-filled home

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A good Samaritan helped save a baby from a smoke-filled home Thursday morning in Hollywood.

The fire started about 8 a.m. at a home near Fillmore Street and Northwest 60th Way.

Gayle Fogge was at a nearby church when she noticed smoke coming from the home and ran over to help.

"The lady came running out," Fogge said. "She wasn't even dressed. It looked like she was sleeping."

Gayle said the woman told her there was a baby inside, so she went in and got the baby out.

"It was so black in there, I couldn't see in front of me," Fogge said. "The flames were in the back of the house. I went through the front."

Sandy Payas said her mother, Marie Payas, her sister, Stephanie Payas, 27, and her 1-year-old niece, Semeriah Millien, were in the home at the time.

She said her sister called her immediately after the fire.

"She told me that the house had burned down," Sandy Payas said. 

The victims were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Marie and Stephanie Payas

The home was destroyed.

"All the rooms are burned down. Everything is gone," Sandy Payas said. 

Sandy Payas said the only thing that they were able to save were some family photos. Still, she said her family is extremely grateful to Fogge for helping everyone get out safely. 

"I feel good that the baby is safe. I don’t feel like a hero though. I never would call myself a hero," Fogge said. "I love to help people. That's my nature."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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