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ONLY ON 3: Family meets woman who helped girl escape North Chattanooga fire

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The family of Randall and Candy Lockhart says a total stranger helped one of their children escape their burning home last week. With the help of a Channel 3 viewer, we were able to track down the woman and Candy Lockhart's parents were able to thank her in person.

Randall and Candy were trapped in their North Chattanooga home as it went up in flames the day before Thanksgiving. Candy did not survive. 

Randall Lockhart succumbed to his burn injuries Monday afternoon at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center burn unit.

Their three children were able to escape the home and a stranger was there to help one of them.

Their three children were able to escape the home and a stranger was there to help one of them.

"My baby wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you," said Gary Patterson, as he hugged Terlisha Wilson.

Gary and Susan Patterson are thanking Terlisha Wilson for helping nine-year-old Haley Lockhart as she escaped her burning home last Wednesday.

"I'm so thankful you were there," said Susan.

"As I'm getting in my car, I'm seeing smoke in the sky. I thought maybe someone was burning wood," said Wilson.

Terlisha was down the street applying for a job and immediately went to help when she saw the smoke. Outside the home she found nine-year-old Haley Lockhart crying, her pants burned off of her body.

"I called 911 and the lady told me to stay with the little girl and I was like, 'Okay, I'll stay with her."

She wrapped her in a towel until a neighbor came for help. Channel 3 was there as EMTs carried Haley to an ambulance.

"It was just like you were an angel. You came and went," said Susan Patterson.

"This lady here saved her. Really did. She's a miracle. I can't say enough good about her," said Gary.

Candy's father, Gary, says there are few words to describe losing his child.

"We're just kind of in a daze," he said.

But he says his mind is on his three grandchildren and their father who is still in the hospital.

"Now we've got three children we're going to be responsible for raising. And we're going to raise them. We've got to. That's what families do. They take care of each other."

He says the response from the community has been overwhelming.

"We really want to thank the community," said Gary.

On top of all of the support, he is asking for prayers.

"We'll make it. We've got to, for these children."

The funeral service for Candy Lockhart will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace.

One Accord Community Church in Red Bank is still accepting donations for the family. No more clothing items are needed at this time. But family members say other household items are needed. Gift cards are also welcomed.

The Chattanooga Fire Department Local 820 has also set up an account at all First Tennessee Banks. You can donate to the "Lockhart Relief Fund."

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