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Neighbors ran into burning house to help Yowell family

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It's been 15 years since Charles McMillan ran into that burning house, and the memories still haunt him.

"I came outside and noticed what had happened to the house, partially blew up. The grandmother was in the front bedroom hollering for help," McMillan said.

McMillan helped as Greg Songer carried Viola Davis out of the flames. He says, he then ran back inside without a second thought.

"I went back in and tried to get the couple over there, not knowing they were already dead," McMillan said.

It wasn't until later that McMillan learned Michael Yowell, the man he'd known since birth, was behind the devastation.

"You get on the wrong track sometimes and it misleads you," McMillan said.

One week after the incident, McMillan visit Yowell behind bars.

"He told us at the time they had put him in jail he didn't realize what he had done, but a day or two later, they told him what he had done and what had happened, and he said he was very very sorry," McMillan said.

And as much as he hates to see the once bright young boy's life come to an end Wednesday, he knows there was nothing he could do to stop it.

"I hate to see it happen like this, but it's God's will," McMillan said.

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