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Youngsville firefighter seriously burned while trying to save friend

Posted June 15, 2014

— The second and third degree burns on Terry Perry's arms and legs are permanent reminders of his brave effort.

Many will consider Perry, a volunteer firefighter with the Youngsville Fire Department, a hero for trying to save his wheelchair-bound friend from a burning home Saturday morning, but doing so has left him in a bit of hurt.

"I am in so much pain right now it is ridiculous," he said.

Perry said he was taking breakfast to his friend, Ransom Bennett, when he smelled what he thought were burning wires coming from Bennett's home.

Perry said he followed the smell to a utility closet.

And then there was an explosion.

"It was like a bomb going off," he said. "The way that fire was coming, it was real fast."

Justin Roberson, who lives nearby, heard the explosion.

"I saw that the whole side of the house was fully engulfed,” said Roberson, who added that Bennett was in the living room at the time of the explosion. "The ceiling started falling in and there was smoke and fire everywhere."

Despite his serious burns, Perry said he ran into Bennett's house to get his friend. Moments later, both men emerged.

Bennett was unhurt.

Perry, who spent Father's Day at home with his family, will return to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center so doctors can graft skin from other parts of his body to replace the skin he lost in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 16, 2014

    Praise God both survived.
    Prayers for the healing of the injured firefighter.

  • landonsgrampa Jun 16, 2014

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    Don't you remember what it means to assume? A flashover, doesn't require a door to be opened. Yes, it could help fuel the fire if opened, it is not a necessity. The source of oxygen could have come from many other places.

  • Mariann Byknish Jun 16, 2014
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    Nothing in the article about Perry opening the closet door. It mentioned the explosion . DJOFRALEIGH. please actually read and understand what you are reading. ;

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jun 16, 2014
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    Even as a fireman, the hero opened that hot closet door, so let this be a lesson to us. I wish him well in his healing.

  • WageSlave Jun 16, 2014

    He didn't just try to save his life, he DID save his life!

  • stratomaster Jun 16, 2014

    On Saturday Terry Perry was "That Guy"... good on him for putting his safety and welfare aside to protect another.