Getting to know your neighbor could save your life - WNCT

Getting to know your neighbor could save your life

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

For a Greenville couple, being friends with their neighbors, helped save their lives.

The Knight's were home sleeping Saturday night, when they heard someone knocking and ringing the door bell to their home on Pearl Drive. When they answered the door, it turned out to be their neighbors, Larry and Della Walston, letting them know their home was on fire.

"I knew I had to get to them. That was my main goal, to get to them," said Della Walston.

"There was fire everywhere and I was worried about her safety," said Larry Walston, "she was ringing the door bell knocking on the door. [While] I was trying to get 911."

Larry says he first noticed the fire when he looked out his window and saw flames coming for his neighbor's garage. He says that is when he got his wife's attention and they both ran outside.

Though much of the Knight's home of 25 years is damaged, they say they are grateful for their neighbors help.

The Walston says it was more than luck that kept them home on Saturday, since they are normally at their church in Jacksonville getting ready for Sunday service.

"Thank God! I just did what God wanted me to do," said Della Walston.

No one was injured and the Knight's believe it was lightning that struck their home, starting the fire.

The Walstons say the neighbors are pulling together to help the Knight's with any help they may need.

The Knight's are also getting some help from the Red Cross.

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