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May 28, 2014 7:28 PM by Ashlea Bullington

Scott House Fire Victim Thankful for Smoke Alarm

At 2:15am, Patrick Conner says he was awoken from his sleep by a large clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, then the screeching of his smoke alarm, to find his house had been stuck by lightning and was engulfed in flames.

"I got hit by smoke and it felt like I was hit by a 2x4," said Connor. Instinctively, he crawled underneath the smoke to get out of the house on St. Mary Avenue in Scott.

Connor says he called 911 as he watched his house burn to the ground. Twelve minutes later when the fire department arrived, there was nothing firefighters could do but keep the fire from spreading to the houses nearby.

"I sat there and watched everything burn. My house, my truck, everything I owned," Connor told us.

With only a few picture frames, the clothes on his back, and his life, Connor tells KATC he will move forward. He says he was blessed his children were not in the house because he would not have had time to save them all.

"I am humbled at the fact that I am alive. I might not have anything, but I am looking toward the future. This is like a movie. I never dreamed something like this could happen to me," Connor said.

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