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Fire fighters rescue person trapped in travel trailer after tree falls during storm

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-24 20:16:55-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - Beginning late Friday night, strong winds and rain entered the Scott area.

Early Saturday morning, Scott resident Teddy Connor says he was laying in bed in his camper on D. Arceneaux Road, when he felt the camper begin to rock. He says he heard a loud noise, jumped out of bed, and noticed a tree had fallen and was blocking his door and window.

He couldn't push the door open because the tree was pinned against the door, and he called the Scott Fire Department. Connor says they arrived on scene within 5-10 minutes.

Firefighters utilized rescue equipment and chainsaws in an effort to remove the tree, says fire chief Chad Sonnier.

Connor was able to escape the camper without injury, and he's thankful the tree didn't fall a few feet in another direction.

"If it would've been a few feet over, I would've been a dead man," he tells KATC.

He's also thankful for the first responders who arrived on scene so quickly to rescue him and for neighbors who he says came out of their home just to see if he was okay.

"I want to thank each and every one of y'all," Connor directed to the fire department. "I'm thankful and blessed for y'all to even be out here last night. Because y'all saved my life...something wrong could've happened to me. So I thank them for what they did for me last night. I thank God for allowing me to even be still alive because I could've been dead."

Connor has set up a GoFundMe account to assist with damage expenses. You can find that here.

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