Woman crawls to safety after house fire

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Tonight a Columbus woman is in the hospital after crawling to safety and narrowly escaping a house fire that killed her dog.

Authorities say Marcella Conner couldn’t find her prosthetic leg, crawled from her home — on the 1000th block of East 26th Avenue in northeast Columbus — and across the street to her neighbor’s house for help.

“She reached for the door knob and the door burned her fingers but she opened that door up and she. Crawled across that street like the soldier that she is because my mom is so strong,” said Natoska Moon, Conner’s daughter.

Moon fought back tears thinking of the struggle her mother went though to save herself from the flames that destroyed her home, and could have taken her life. Conner is in the hospital being treated for smoke inhalation, but she’s alive — and Moon is thankful.

“My mom is a fighter and I’m just so proud of her; and I know it wasn’t nothing but the Lord that got her crawling across that street like that,” said Moon.

Authorities say the fire broke out just before four am this morning, and that Conner couldn’t get to her prosthetic leg, and had to crawl out of her home and across the street to knock on a neighbor’s door for help.

Moon says her Mom told her God and Divine intervention got her to safety, a guardian angel.

“She said there was a man in a white blanket that knocked on [the neighbor’s] door,” Moon recalled. “Who was it, you know?

“The neighbor Miss Aretha said she didn’t even know that person. It was nobody from the neighborhood, but he had on a hospital blanket,” Moon finished.

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