Woman tells how she crawled to safety, surrounded by smoke and flames

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Marcella Conner chose to speak only with NBC4 about how she crawled from her home without her prosthetic leg as her house burned to the ground.

From her hospital bed at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where Conner is being treated for smoke inhalation, she remembers the moment her home on East 26th Street went up in flames early Saturday morning.

“I’m like– I got to get out of here. I thought about my grand kids. I was like, God, I don’t want to die like this,” said Conner.

Thats all it took Marcella Conner to find the strength to get out of her burning home.  Her disability prevented her from walking straight out the door.

“I couldn’t get my leg on right and I just got down at my chair and my door just slammed on me like you ain’t getting out of here,” said Conner.

After several tries she just left her prosthetic behind and crawled out the door.

“I’m just crawling there across the street like somebody help me,”  said Conner.

Eventually she made it to her neighbor’s door but didnt have the strength to reach for the door. Then out of nowhere, she says she experienced Divine intervention.

“It was just so weird. Some guy was walking down the street and he had on a white blanket around him and he came up,” said Conner. 

She said he knocked on the door for her. 

The neighborhood called 911, she says the man went back to her home and opened the door for her dog, but it was too late.

“By then, Chica was already gone. Like I said,she died in her cage and.  She would have been three in August,” said Conner. 

She’s recovering from smoke inhalation, but the pain of losing her dog that way will last for a while.

“I’m so grateful God is with me. I’m like whatever happen here it’s all God. I can’t be mad. You know. I just got to move on,” said Conner.

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