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Father describes terrifying escape from fire

By: Stacy Ellison Email
By: Stacy Ellison Email

Just 18 days before Christmas, Cody Collins is starting over after fire destroyed his Georgetown home. "Furniture, memories, all gone, we'll have to start over" says Collins.

Collins woke up to billowing smoke and fire Monday morning, the next few moments he says seems surreal. "I jumped out of the window. My papaw was lying on the kitchen floor. I pulled the crib, got my son out. As soon as I got him out the room engulfed in flames. I thought I was going to lose my son. He wasn't breathing when I pulled him out of the window, he wasn't breathing. I didn't know what to do. It was awful. I was coughing up black, I came close to losing my life, my son losing his life, my pawpaw losing his life, it was scary."

Collins passed his son off to an off duty firefighter who'd stopped to help. He was taken to the hospital, along with his grandfather, Arnold Sexton, and 13-month-old son, Braxton Collins.

Collins was released UK Hospital, he says his son was expected to be released today, but his grandfather remains hospitalized. Sexton had to have surgery for a broken jaw he suffered after falling while escaping from the burning home.

It is not clear right now what caused the fire, but fire officials say it started in a front room of the home.

Collins says his family is currently staying in a hotel thanks to the Red Cross. He says, despite everything, he still feels thankful. "It's a bad time, it really is, but at least I'm not burying my son or papaw at Christmas."

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