A father of four injured in a house fire rescuing his family two days before Christmas has died.

A fund has been set up by his employer at The Citizens Bank for the family of David Creekmore who was injured in the house fire on Dec. 23 and died five days later.

Creekmore, 42, severely burned in the fire, died on Thursday, Dec. 28 at the Merit Health Central burn center in Jackson after suffering cardiac arrest, Neshoba County Medical Examiner John Stephens said.

Creekmore was taken to Merit after he was injured in the fire which destroyed the family’s home on Road 4312 in the House community around 2 a.m.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Rebecca Smith, Creekmore’s mother, who was in the house at the time of the blaze, said her son was burned while getting everyone out safely.

“He got every one of us out of that house,” Smith said. “He woke us all up and made sure we got out. I didn’t realize how badly he was burned. He never had to prove to me that he was brave. I knew he was.”

Smith believes the fire originated in the front of the house.

“It was an old house,” she said. “It burned just like it was made out of pine.”

Creekmore worked as a fleet manager for Superior Asphalt Inc., in Jackson, part of The Yates Companies.

“Yates Construction has been so helpful to us,” Smith said. “They set up an account at Citizens Bank of Philadelphia for the family.”

Creekmore was the happiest when he was working, his mother said.

“From the time he was a little boy, he liked tool boxes and tires,” she said. “If the hood was up on a truck, he was there. He was always a mechanic.”

He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding four-wheelers.

“He had just went hunting and killed a six-point deer,” Smith said. “He was a good boy.”

Creekmore was native of Kemper County but had lived most of his adult life in Neshoba County.  He was a Mason and a Shriner.

Survivors include his daughters, Elizabeth Creekmore, Emily Creekmore and Audrey Creekmore, all of Philadelphia; son, Andrew Creekmore of Philadelphia;  mother and stepfather, Becky and Jay Smith of Philadelphia; father, Mickey Creekmore of Philadelphia;  brothers, Mike Creekmore of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.,  and Jason Creekmore of Philadelphia.

“Just found out about David Creekmore...just a sad moment,” Melissa Byrd Wright wrote on Facebook.

“He had a big heart and loved his children. Prayers tears and love!”