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Investigators Look Into Fire That Seriously Injured Teen

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

Investigators were back at a Clark County home on Monday, after a fire left a teenager seriously injured this weekend.

16-year-old Timothy Desjadon, also known as 'Tiger' and "Scottie, was the only one of six people in the house, that suffered injuries. He is fighting for his life at UK hospital.

"Most are second and third degree burns, but his feet and his arms are the worse," said his aunt and guardian LouAnne Schmidt. "He's a fighter," she said, "he's our tiger, that's our Scottie and he's going to pull through this, we need all the prayers we can get."

Many classmates and teachers are rooting for the teen at George Rogers Clark High School where he is the freshman class president and a member of the ROTC.

"I have known him for like five years and never have I heard him say anything negative even though he has a lot to be negative about, starting with the loss of his mother to cancer five years ago," said Freshman Principal Michael Napier.

His ROTC instructor said he wasn't surprised when he heard Scottie was more concerned about his uniform than his injuries.

"He deserves that nickname Tiger because he's always involved in everything, in fact he was supposed to help me tomorrow, his name is on the bulletin board to help place flags at the cemetery," said Sgt. Robert Welch.

His classmates prepared to bring him a U.S. flag he was saving to buy. The flag will be joined by some of the fourteen medals he has already earned and a 'Never Fails Award, designed especially for him.

His family says he dreams of being a preacher and is still touching lives from his hospital bed. "He may be in an induced coma but he is still preaching and touching lives," said his aunt. She confirms his first surgery was successful and they are already seeing improvements.

If Scottie recovers he faces a long road to recovery that would take at least a year.


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