Lee County bus driver saves house, family from fire

Norman Miller was driving a school bus on his every day route when he saw flames
Posted at 9:43 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 21:43:23-04

LEE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lee County man is being hailed a hero after he saved a family and their home from a fire Thursday morning.

Norman Miller was driving a school bus on his every day route when around 6:45 a.m., he saw flames. They were coming from a home on Old Highway 11. Luckily for the family inside, Miller is also a volunteer firefighter, and his instincts kicked in.

"I noticed as I came around the curb, that there was a small flame. And then as I pulled up to the residence, I noticed that the whole front porch was on fire," Miller told LEX 18's Jacqueline Nie.

The homeowner, Kyle Ross, said that he, his wife, and two babies were asleep inside the home.

"Mr. Miller was beating on my door. My alarm goes off at 7 o'clock. So he saved my life in about 10 minutes," said Ross.

Miller called the fire department before he even got off the bus. After making sure the kids on board the school bus were okay, he was able to put out the flames with a garden hose before the fire department got to the home.

Miller has 24 years of experience as a firefighter, and says that a mobile home, like the one Ross lived in, has bout 14 minutes before it is engulfed in flames once it catches fire.

"I know it was getting pretty close. The walls were hot, the metal was actually getting hot, and I was afraid at that time that it was actually going to get into the wall and they wouldn't be able to get out," said Miller. "I just thank God I was here at that time, to be able to react and get the family out safely."

"He's the best guy alive because he saved my family, in my book. He saved me, he saved my wife, he saved my two kids, he saved us all," said Ross.